Category: Front Page News

As Disease Batters Florida Reefs, Scientists and Community Fight Back

Published in TheScientist, Carolyn Wilke, April 4, 2019 Stony coral tissue loss disease has already affected 80 percent of Florida’s coastal reef system. Now, a huge team of responders is working to slow its spread and prepare for future restoration efforts. A brutal disease is ravaging Florida’s reefs. Stony coral tissue loss disease first cropped… Read more »

Glimmers of Hope- A collaborative effort is helping the Florida Reef Tract cope with a coral disease outbreak.

Glimmers of Hope Story published in Alert Diver Online . Written by Andrew Bruckner, Research coordinator for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Through an unprecedented collaborative effort, a dedicated response to stony coral tissue loss disease is underway within the Florida Reef Tract. By advancing understanding of the disease and developing options to manage… Read more »

First report of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the Dominican Republic

Authors: Iker Irazabal, Reef Check Dominican Republic and Manuel Alejandro Rodriguez, Maguá Ecological Foundation, Sosúa, Dominican Republic. This report documents the first known instance of the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) in the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The disease, which currently affects a number of territories in the Caribbean, appears to be… Read more »

Save the Date – March 11, Mesoamerican Reef Data Explorer Platform Launch

Press Release March 11, 2019 In commemoration of the Mesoamerican Reef Day, the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative (HRI) is launching the brand-new Mesoamerican Reef Data Explorer Platform in collaboration with Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) where users will be able to visualize over 10 years of reef health data collected, through… Read more »

AMLC POSTER ABSTRACTS DUE March 10, 2019

A message from AMLC This is a final reminder that the poster abstract submission deadline is March 10th! Please visit: www.amlc-carib.org to submit your abstract. La fecha límite de póster de AMLC es 10 de marzo. Visita www.amlc-carib.org para enviar!!!

New fish species discovered: Striped Hamlet

Striped Hamlet (Hypoplectus liberte), Fort Liberte Bay, Haiti, © Ken Marks 2018

Striped Hamlet (Hypoplectus liberte), Fort Liberte Bay, Haiti, © Ken Marks 2018 In the fall of 2018,   AGRRA Database Manager Ken Marks helped Benjamin Victor describe a new fish species, Striped Hamlet (Hypoplectus liberte) in Fort Liberte Bay on the northern coast of Haiti that had been initially discovered in 2015. While surveying with our… Read more »

Seasons Greetings 2018

  Thank you to all our partners for your continued support and inspiration to help conserve Caribbean coral reef ecosystems. With your collaboration and participation, our collective 2018 accomplishments included:   Challenging this year was the increased incidence of coral disease. Thank you to everyone who has responded so far, and please continue to send us observations and… Read more »

August Update on Coral Disease Outbreak

Update submitted by Judith Lang Florida Background What scientists in Florida now think may be a new coral disease has spread from the Miami-Dade county area to both the northern limit of the Florida reef tract and southwest into the lower Florida Keys. A Disease Advisory Committee has been formed and its teams are drafting… Read more »

OUTBREAKS OF CARIBBEAN CORAL DISEASE ON THE RISE

                      July 12, 2018 Caribbean-area reef researchers and sport divers should be on the lookout for sites with an unusually high percentage of diseased and recently dead corals. Many of you will have heard that corals in Florida are experiencing one of the largest disease… Read more »