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Reef-wide Outplanting of Corals Susceptible to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Begins

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and our coral reef restoration partners announce the recent successful outplanting of 1,152 coral colonies along Florida’s Coral Reef as part of the largest coordinated experimental outplanting effort in Florida to date.  Reef restoration experiments in Florida have never been replicated on […]

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Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease found at Dry Tortugas National Park

Coral Response Team begins treatment immediately KEY WEST, Fla. – Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease—an infectious, water-borne disease that impacts hard coral species and damages entire reefs—has been found on corals in Dry Tortugas National Park. The park’s Coral Response Team observed it on May 29 while conducting a routine disease survey.   “Until now, Dry Tortugas National Park was the only remaining section of Florida’s Coral Reef to not show signs of the disease,” said Pedro […]

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Common Antibiotic Effective in Healing Coral Disease Lesions

BY GISELE GALOUSTIAN | 4/22/2021 Diseases continue to be a major threat to coral reef health. For example, a relatively recent outbreak termed stony coral tissue loss disease is an apparently infectious waterborne disease  known to affect at least 20 stony coral species. First discovered in 2014 in Miami-Dade County, the disease has since spread throughout the […]

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In Need of Rescue: Florida Coral Rescue Center Established to Help Save Florida Reefs

A diverse team of wildlife experts comes together to save corals in a unique public / private partnership, led by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums with involvement from Disney Conservation, the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Fisheries, and SeaWorld.  Orlando, FL (April 14, 2021) – A […]

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