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NOAA Helps American Samoa Tackle a Thorny Issue

20 May 2015, 12:52 pm

close-up of crown-of-thorns starfish

American Samoa is tackling a thorny issue on its nearshore coral reefs. The issue takes the form of crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS), prickly critters, known locally as alamea, that voraciously consume the live stony corals that form the reefs’ limestone foundation.

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Original article: NOAA Helps American Samoa Tackle a Thorny Issue