2015 Annual Report

2015 marked an important milestone in our Foundation’s life – completion of the field-work for our Global Reef Expedition (GRE). We circumnavigated the globe on the GRE, engaged with 15 different countries and surveyed 97 islands and over 1,000 individual reefs. However, …

Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise Film

Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise Film by Living Oceans Foundation tells the story of an international scientific team in the Chagos Archipelago, a tropical paradise in the British Indian Ocean Territory with some of the healthiest coral reefs on the planet. …

Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise

  Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise tells the story of an international scientific team in the Chagos Archipelago, a tropical paradise in the British Indian Ocean Territory with some of the healthiest coral reefs on the planet. Initially, the scientists …

Chagos Study Shows Coral Reefs Resilient To Warming Events

A recent Chagos study shows that substantial reef recovery is possible after large-scale warming events. This article by Climate Progress cites Living Oceans Foundation’s recent Global Reef Expedition mission to BIOT relative to the study and their significance with respect to recent …

COTS Control, Collection, and Conservation

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Expedition Log: Maldives – Day 18 Over a short three-week period, our team of four scientists collected over 7,500 crown of thorns starfish (COTS) from three locations off North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll in the Maldives. While this …

Securing the Survival of Anantara’s reefs

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Expedition Log: Maldives – Day 17 Our third area of research in the Maldives involved recent outbreaks of COTS reported from South Malé Atoll near Anantara Dhigu and Veli. Marine Biologists Marta Rigo and Alba had first observed starfish in the …

Sweetlips

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Expedition Log: Maldives – Day 16 The Sweetlips are a family of fish easily identified by their big, fleshy lips. The family is a large one with 120 species found around the world in tropical and temperate seas. Juvenile sweetlips …

Feathery Fossils

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Expedition Log: Maldives – Day 15 Often misidentified as a brittle star, yet plant-like in appearance, with long, flexible and highly contorted feathery arms, crinoids are the most ancient class of spiny skinned animals in the Phylum Echinodermata. Dating back …

Poisoning COTS or removal by hand?

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Expedition Log: Maldives – Day 14 Crown of thorns starfish (COTS) have undergone population explosions since at least the 1960s and scientists and managers have tried to control these outbreaks for just as long. The standard practice to control COTS …