Category: Front Page News

Florida Dept of Environmental Protection issues Summer 2019 Florida Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) Response Bulletin

This bulletin is the first quarterly bulletin provided by the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection – Coral Reef Conservation Program and Coral Reef Conservation Program. These bulletins will be Florida’s primary tool for communication to the wider community and will provide high-level updates on the SCTLD outbreak and response efforts with a focus on Florida…. Read more »

Conservation strategy for healthy reefs in Cozumel, Quintano Roo, Sept 23, 2019

Conservation strategy for healthy reefs in Cozumel The National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) in coordination with the three government orders, and in close alliance with the Cozumel Reef National Park’s Advisory Council, will maintain a temporary and partial suspension of activities to tourism and recreation of the Protected Natural Area (ANP), starting at the “Palancar” reef and… Read more »

USVI Coral Reef Restoration Hero and AGRRA Alum Kemit-Amon Lewis Needs Our Help

Friends Want to Help Stricken Environmental Activist article All of us on the AGRRA team are deeply moved by Kemit’s condition. We hold special memories of working with him on coral reef restoration projects as well as his vibrant, smart and warm company. Please take a moment to read his story in the link. Shared… Read more »

Emergency Post-Hurricane Dorian Relief for Abacos and Grand Bahama

For our friends and partners in the Abacos and Grand Bahama,  Our hearts go out to you, and we hope that by now you’ve had some contact with the outside world and provisions. We have been asked by others for ideas on how to help your recovery after the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Dorian…. Read more »

USCG releases a bulletin outlining BMPs for ballast water exchange regarding the SCTLD outbreak

Marine Safety Information OES-MSIB Number: 07-19 Bulletin Ballast Water Best Management Practices to Reduce the Likelihood of Transporting Pathogens That May Spread Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) is a lethal disease that rapidly destroys the soft tissue of many different species of coral. The disease first appeared off the… Read more »

Experts Share Knowledge to Tackle Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease – Key West, August 1-2, 2019

Judy Lang, AGRRA scientist, joined experts from around the Caribbean region at a workshop in Key West, Florida, August 1-2, 2019 to share information on Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. During the workshop, AGRRA’s Coral Disease Outbreak portal was presented to show how to record observations of the disease and submit survey information. The following… Read more »

A mysterious coral disease is ravaging Caribbean reefs

Story published in ScienceNews by Cassie Martin, July 9, 2019 Off St. Thomas, the disease is moving faster and killing more corals than any disease before. Divers monitoring coral reefs off St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands in January noticed something alarming: Big white lesions were eating into the colorful tissues of hundreds of… Read more »

Update of SCTLD in Southeast Florida

Update of SCTLD In Southeast Florida, May 22, 2019. Submitted by Brian Walker, Nova Southeastern University, Florida Over the last few weeks in Southeast Florida, we may be seeing the SCTLD disease on Montastraea cavernosa (MCAV) spreading more rapidly than before, and now large Orbicella are getting reinfections and needing more re-treatments. We have many firebreak margins with amoxicillin treatments… Read more »

Reef Resilience Network Webinar, May 8 – Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease: Lessons Learned & Resources from Florida

On May 8 at 11 a.m. EST, Reef Resilience Network is hosting a webinar – Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease: Lessons Learned & Resources from Florida. Registration is required.  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… Read more »

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 »