Reef response team calls on community as predator population spikes

Reef response team calls on community as predator population spikes

Guam's coral reef response team has noticed a rise in crown of thorns sea stars, a spiny reef predator that can eat up to 100 square feet of coral per year. "This doesn't sound like a lot, but if you have thousands of hungry sea stars on a reef, they can devastate an area very quickly," wrote Coral Reef Resilience coordinator Whitney Hoot in a statement from the Bureau of Statistics and Plans.

The response team asks community members to be on the lookout for these sea stars, but warns that they can be dangerous to handle. According to the statement, injuring a sea star can release a new generation of the sea stars. If a star is spotted, the team asks people to note the location, size and number of sea stars in the area, and fill out a report at eormarianas.org, send an email to EORMarianas@gmail.com or call 475-9684.

Read the article in the Guam Daily Post here.