Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli Resorts in
South Male Atoll, Maldives, are to host a team of marine
biologists from The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
(KSLOF) between 26 October and 1 November 2015.
Led by Chief Scientist Dr Andrew Bruckner, the
team of four researchers will be conducting a Starfish Control and
Removal program, known as SCAR.
The program consists of three main components,
the removal of coral reef predator Crown of Thorns Starfish
(COTS), quantitative reef surveys, and data analysis.
In a rare opportunity to join a professional
marine research team, guests with Advanced PADI qualification and
excellent buoyancy control are invited to assist with COTS removal
while staying at Anantara Dhigu and Veli resorts.
chance for a diving holiday with a difference, guest divers will
gain an understanding of some of the different species on the
reef, the relationships between corals, fish and other organisms,
how these maintain healthy reef systems and what happens when
something goes out of balance.
Removal of COTS directly
saves and protects the reefs and with each dive, guests can learn
about one of the very few predators of coral, and one of the most
interesting reef inhabitants.
Through engagement with the
researchers, divers will witness firsthand one of the most severe
threats affecting our reefs today, including their biology and
life history, what they do to the reef, what normally controls
them, why outbreaks occur, and how to actively safeguard their impact.
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) is a
non-profit, private operating foundation established to help
preserve, protect and restore the worldís oceans and marine
resources through research, education and outreach.
conducts applied coral reef research, working to provide
science-based solutions to ocean conservation and management
through on-the-ground programs involving ecological restoration,
education and training, outreach, and development of sustainable
approaches to manage coral reef resources.
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