Coral Disease Outbreak – Dominican Republic

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

March 2019 – SCTLD was first seen off Cayo Arena near the town of Punta Rucia in early March 2019 by staff at Reef Check Dominican Republic and Maguá Ecological Foundation. The species infected (Colpophyllia natans, Dendrogyra cylindrus, Pseudodiploria strigosa and Siderastrea siderea), and the pattern of infection, follow what has been previously reported for the SCTLD outbreak.