Officials of the diving centers and some officials pose on the beach for TV and photographers. (Tioman, Malaysia, July 2006)
Officials of the diving centers and some officials pose on the beach for TV and photographers. (Tioman, Malaysia, July 2006)

Ceremony for COT collectors

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

The coral-eating acanthaster starfish is called "crown of thorns" in English ... or COT. And this Sunday, it's the party of COT pickers!

200 divers and 3,000 TOCs harvested

The harvest of crowns of thorns Tioman, which I mentioned in the previous post, gives rise to a small ceremony, the next day, with lunch offered at the restaurant Nazri 1 from the end of the beach, to more than 200 divers who participated in the operation.

An official splits a small speech in English hesitant microphone. In all, more than 3,000 critters have been collected. That's twice as much as last year.

Officials of the diving centers and some officials pose on the beach for TV and photographers. (Tioman, Malaysia, July 2006)
Officials of the diving centers and some officials pose on the beach for TV and photographers. (Tioman, Malaysia, July 2006)

I am not a specialist in the field (and the environmental officer for the island even less, because last year again, said official confused sea urchins and TOCs, 'said one of the instructors maliciously of diving), but in my humble opinion, it is a drop of water in the ocean (it is the case to say it). Well-meaning in appearance, this harvest, conducted only once a year, is not likely to have a lasting impact on the local TOC population.

For my part, I think it aims above all to promote the image of Tioman, for tourism development purposes, with financial objectives to the key, more than actually save the reefs. Which would rather need that we start by dealing with the treatment of waste on the island (there's work!) And the discharge of wastewater ... But that, obviously, it's more complicated and less fun to organize as an operation.

Well, I admit, I'm having a bad mind. Each diver was awarded a small honorific diploma (it does not eat bread). I have mine…

I have my certificate proving that I participated in the "COTS Expedition". (Tioman, Malaysia, July 2006)
I have my certificate proving that I participated in the "COTS Expedition". (Tioman, Malaysia, July 2006)

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  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

  1. From TOC to CROT ...
    I just read your last three articles, super interesting and entertaining. Here, it's less exotic, I pick up only feces of ... mouse! It's like being in a comic! I discover that it is a clever creature and very intelligent!
    The rain, finally, after those hot days!
    Alain is almost on vacation, as you know, we leave tomorrow morning, early if possible ...
    Good end of stay, mil besos, Lydie.

  2. Geneva ... Here is very hot !!! But there's no mouse poop !!! More than 2 days!!! 2 small days !!!!!!!! I can not, must it stop, even my teeth crack! Go to the dentist Friday morning (suddenly, I miss the rehearsal, NA!) And Friday night, I have 5 weeks just for me, with no one who tells me to do it again, that it is not good , that my arms are too this or my right toe too that !!!!!!!
    Lots of love.
    Beware of earthquakes and tsunamis !!!!

  3. Happy holidays to both !!! It's Mimi the mouse who will be happy. The house for her alone!
    The rest of my adventures will be on the blog very soon. Since I spend my days on or under the water, not too much time to spend time in front of a computer ... Bizzzzzzzz

  4. Hello!
    Just a note to tell you not to spend too much time feeding your blog, still enjoy these moments of relaxation !!!!!!
    In addition, as of Tuesday I leave, so I will not be able to follow you anymore !!!!
    Kisses!

  5. COT hunter! So that's a diploma to hang on. Remind me never to become a COT. I do not know if you will have time to continue your blog before your return. Enjoy in a max before taking the job. You will tell us the continuation viva voce. Chao and at +
    FW

  6. Well, one last little comment before flying away! I will not have a blog but hey ... Tomorrow is finally the start for me! I have trouble achieving!

    As Funny World says, do not "waste" your time on the computer, enjoy this last week!
    Big big kisses!! See you soon!!!
    🙂

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