October 12, 2022: Sharing strategies for coral rescue in the Caribbean

Participants and experts at the MPAConnect peer-to-peer learning exchange “Planning for Coral Rescue as a Response to Stony Coral Tissue Loss in the Caribbean

October 12, 2022 – Press Release issued by MPAConnect Network Program.

Read Full Press release here [En español]

The first Caribbean regional gathering on coral rescue recently brought together some 50 managers and experts from 15 countries to plan how to rescue and restore stony corals in the face of devastation caused by coral disease.

With there being much already known about the restoration of other faster growing species of coral, a recent Reef Futures Symposium in Key Largo served as the venue for a dedicated workshop on planning for stony coral rescue. Regional coral experts shared about new approaches, latest science and evolving technologies to help save Caribbean stony corals that are otherwise succumbing to disease.

The presentations and materials used in the workshop will be available online at GCFI’s website www.gcfi.org and at AGRRA’s SCTLD resource hub https://www.agrra.org/coral-disease-outbreak/. The workshop  was co-hosted by MPAConnect, the leaders of the Caribbean Cooperation Team from Florida’s Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Response (NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and AGRRA) and Florida Sea Grant. We thank NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program for supporting MPA capacity building in the Caribbean and for helping to share knowledge and best practices for coral rescue in the face of SCTLD. For more information please contact mpaconnect@gcfi.org.

For more information on Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, visit AGRRA’s SCTLD resource hub https://www.agrra.org/coral-disease-outbreak/.