Coral Disease Resources

Action Plans


Alerting All Divers! – An unprecedented disease is threatening corals in the Caribbean

Alerting All Divers! – Help stop the spread

MPAConnect – Guide to detect Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease on Caribbean Coral Reefs.

Reports and Field Guides

Videos & Webinars

Webinars – See Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease webinars and related presentation files

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease: Lessons Learned & Resources

October 14, 2020Coral Health Series: Treating Corals with Probiotics. In the fourth video of the Coral Health and Marine Probiotics (CHAMP) lab’s science series, hosts Olivia Carmack and Kelly Pitts talk with Yesmarie De La Flor about how the lab is using beneficial probiotics to treat corals infected with stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD). From lab work to field methods, Kelly and Yesmarie explain all the details behind this innovative and creative treatment method, developed at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida.

May 9, 2019Reef 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.