Category: Front Page News

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 »

Diseased corals in Jamaica

After having been exposed to a severe bleaching event in the fall of 2017, the prevalence of sick and dying corals on north Jamaican reefs, has increased dramatically. Pseudodiploria strigosa, Diploria labyrinthiformis, Colpophyllia natans, Dendrogyra cylindrus , Montastraea cavernosa , as well as Orbicella , Mycetophyllia , and Agaricia are prominent among the taxa displaying signs… Read more »

REEF FUTURES 2018 FINAL REMINDER TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS!!!

A MESSAGE FROM CORAL RESTORATION CONSORTIUM Greetings from  Coral Restoration Community, ABSTRACTS AND SCHOLARSHIP SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE JULY 31 for Reef Futures 2018: A Coral Restoration and Intervention-Science Symposium, to be held December 10-14, 2018 in Key Largo, Florida. Once you have created an account, CLICK HERE to submit an abstract and/or apply for a scholarship. Saving the… Read more »

Scientists Race to Decode Disease Devastating Florida Coral Reefs

Article published by Oceans Deeply May 16 ,2018 Oceans Deeply is designed to help you understand the complex web of environmental, social and economic issues facing the world’s oceans. Story by Amelia Urry: As a mysterious but persistent pathogen threatens the last remaining healthy coral ecosystem in the continental United States, researchers are struggling to… Read more »

Bahamas hosts AGRRA Train the Trainers workshop May 6-11, 2018

  AGRRA scientists Ken Marks and Judith Lang and  Ana Giro Petersen, the Guatemalan Coordinator for Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, conducted an AGRRA “Train The Trainers” workshop in Eluethera, The Bahamas, May 6-11, 2018. Participants from The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Antigua and U.S took part in this week long field… Read more »

A prodigal coral genus returns: Undaria is again Agaricia

A prodigal coral genus returns: Undaria is again Agaricia pending further taxonomic research Budd et al. (1994) classified species of bifacial Agaricia (agaricities, tenuifolia, humilis) as species of Undaria, and this genus name was adopted by AGRRA in 2013. We have since learned that Undaria is an invalid genus name according to the rules of… Read more »

TAKE THE PLEDGE! 10 things you can do to help Coral Reefs

In acknowledgement of the International Year of the Reef 2018, the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) is urging its members and all others interested in or concerned about coral reefs, to take one or more of the practical steps in their day-to day living listed below, to help save coral reefs from the existential… Read more »