El Nido Resorts’ staff and guests joined the rest of the world in celebrating Earth Day 2010 last April 22 by conducting coastal cleanups and collecting crown-of-thorns starfish at various beaches and dive sites around Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan.
Volunteers scoured the beaches for trash and went diving to collect crown-of-thorns starfish. Most of the trash collected were plastics that were either washed ashore by the waves or left by unconcerned tourists. Majority of the crown-of-thorns starfish collected ranged in size from 13 to 25 cm in diameter. These starfish are voracious predators of corals. During an outbreak, they could decimate an entire reef in a matter of weeks.