Category Archives: Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project

Operation COT: crown of thorns sea stars

A purple and orange, slimy, spiky, dangerous eating machine: the crown of thorns starfish (COTS) (Acanthaster planci) eats coral. Normal low numbers of COTS are fine: some corals are eaten, but the reef as a whole remains healthy and the corals … Continue reading

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A day in the life of an ALMP volunteer

Today’s post is a guest post by Jess Trewin! Jess has a master’s in marine biology and has been volunteering with PICI while also obtaining her dive-master certification in Rarotonga. Here she is describing what it’s actually like to be … Continue reading

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Maintaining paradise: Akaiami clean-up

Each step along a beach can reveal new and interesting sights: hermit crabs, dried coral, beached coconuts, rocky pools full of snails, crabs, maybe an eel if you’re lucky. In the Cook Islands, it’s possible to spend lots of time … Continue reading

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ALMP visited Araura school!

The PICI and ALMP team are back from Aitutaki! We have lots of news to share over the next couple of weeks, so watch this space. I (Tiffany) had the pleasure of spending the last week of the project on … Continue reading

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Brief update from Aitutaki

Kia orana! Just a short post today; we’ve heard from our ALMP team presently working in Aitutaki, surveying the corals, fish, and invertebrates. Sounds like they’ve had long days, but they get to spend them in a beautiful clear lagoon … Continue reading

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In with the nu

One of the most iconic experiences when one comes to the islands is the use of fresh coconuts. Well, often what comes first is the first fright on the island, when a coconut falls from a tall palm and lands … Continue reading

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ALMP: scoping out the logistics

On the weekend of the 14th and 15th of September, Stephen Lyon (Founder and Director of PICI), Shaun Gilmour (Expedition Leader), and Mareike Sudek (Chief Scientist) flew to Aitutaki to scope out the logistics for the upcoming Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring … Continue reading

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