2014 – First reported off the coast of Miami-Dade County in 2014, the Florida Reef Tract is currently experiencing a widespread and lethal coral disease outbreak of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). It has continue to spread along Florida where over half of the Florida Reef Tract has been affected – over 96,000 acres.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) – DEP is working with dozens of partners from federal, state, and local agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and members of the community to investigate and solve this problem.
Their website summarizes the disease response, intervention and rescue efforts across the Florida Reef Tract including numerous references and other key resources.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS): FKNMS is working with scientists, policy makers, and the public to respond to the Coral Disease outbreak in the Florida Keys. Recent news and resources are available in the link above.
See the Florida Keys SCTLD fact sheet for more:
Florida Reef Tract Coral Disease Outbreak
Florida DEP issues the Summer 2019 Florida Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) Response Bulletin, the first quarterly bulletin provided by the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection. 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.