103 Taramea (crown-of-thorns starfish) were eradicated from Rarotonga’s reef on Thursday. 22110324
A combined effort saw 103 crown-of-thorns starfish eradicated in Rarotonga on Thursday as part of Operation Taramea.
Over 30 divers and six
boats departed Avatiu wharf yesterday afternoon as part of CNN Call to Earth Day.
Taramea has been on-going since 2020 when the recent outbreak was discovered on
Rarotonga in 2019.
organisation, Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau has led the project in collaboration with
Climate Change Cook Islands/GCCA+SUPA, the National Environment Service, Cook
Islands Tourism, and local and international partners.
The team have
removed more than 5000 Taramea to date.
Taramea is an
invasive starfish that kills coral reefs.