The purpose of this project was to clean up the beach and kill the Crown of Thorns (COT) that are eating off corals and possessing danger to fellow student divers in Sibuan Island.
Our dive center (BGB) had the honor to have World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Sabah Park working together with us on this project.
We started out our beach cleanup by giving a short briefing to our participants on where to clean up and what to be careful of. Soon after we started, the local kids came to participate in our cleanup. Together, we have collected 30kg rubbish which consist mostly plastics, straws, cigarette butts, styrofoam, bottle caps, plastic wrappers etc.
After lunch, member from Sabah Park taught us how to kill the COTs with syringe and vinegar. We were briefed on the safety and the buddy system underwater. We then proceeded to the dive sites that COTs were reportedly seen. To our amaze, after two dives at different dive sites for nearly one hour each dive, we were only able to find two COTs and executed them. We also collected rubbish underwater while we were finding COTs.
Our dive center will continue to monitor the number of COTs to make sure that they do not affect the dive sites in Sibuan Island and has given suggestion to place more rubbish bins on the island.
2018年7月22号沙巴仙本那军舰岛潜宝潜水中心（BGB）PROJECT AWARE 与根除荆棘海星的活动