MPAConnect Guide to detect Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease on Caribbean Coral Reefs
- • Glimmers of Hope – How Divers Can Help – published in Alert Divers Online
- • As Disease Batters Florida Reefs, Scientists and Community Fight Back – published in TheScientist, April 4, 2019
- • A mysterious coral disease is ravaging Caribbean reefs – published in ScienceNews , July 9, 2019
Reports and Field Guides
- • First report of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the Dominican Republic
- • Western Atlantic Coral Disease Identification Field Guide uses standardized nomenclature and diagnostic criteria for coral diseases (Bruckner, 2009)
- • A Coral Disease Handbook: Guidelines for Assessment, Monitoring and Management
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease: Lessons Learned & Resources
May 9, 2019 – Reef Resilience Webinar Florida’s corals reefs have been experiencing devastating effects of a multi-year outbreak of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). This disease has now been observed and reported in several other Caribbean locations. In response, experts from Florida have been compiling their knowledge, resources, and lessons learned to share with others. Hear from Dana Wusinich-Mendez (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Maurizio Martinelli (Florida Sea Grant), and Dr. Andrew Bruckner (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary) as they discuss our current knowledge of SCTLD, Florida’s response to this disease outbreak, the status of SCTLD in the Caribbean, and current resources available on the disease.
Restoration in the Age of Disease
September 17, 2018 – The Reef Resilience Network hosted a webinar with three scientists, Erinn Muller, Brian Walker and Joana Figueiredo, on how the coral disease outbreak influences ongoing restoration efforts. “As Florida faces an unprecedented disease outbreak involving more than half of its coral species, many restoration practitioners and environmental managers are wondering how best to responsibly continue restoration efforts for both affected and unaffected species in the face of disease. Scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory and Nova Southeastern University discuss their plans for adapting restoration to help answer disease-related questions and prepare for future restoration efforts. This Coral Restoration Consortium webinar features three presentations followed by a panel Q&A session.” Reef Resilience Network
Watch Changing Seas – Episode 1103 Corals in Crisis, a South Florida PBS series, 2019
Florida’s fragile coral reefs are in crisis. Once vibrant cities of the sea, these biodiverse ecosystems have declined over the past few decades. Fishing pressures, pollution, development, and climate change have all left their mark. Now, a new ailment known as “Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease” may be the last nail in the coffin. This disease is infecting over half of the reef-building corals at an unprecedented scale, killing most of the corals that get sick. But all hope is not lost. Experts of varying backgrounds are working diligently to figure out what is causing the disease, while simultaneously developing techniques to treat outbreaks and restore the sunshine state’s coral reefs to their former glory. Changing Seas – Episode 1103 Corals in Crisis : Features experts from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Keys Marine Lab, Mote Marine Laboratory, Nova Southeastern University and, Coral Restoration Foundation.