Posted by: reefrescue | July 15, 2015

Divers keep an eye out for coral disease outbreak

Updated: September 25, 2015
Coral reef experts say we may be witnessing the worst coral bleaching / disease outbreak ever documented on S.E. Florida reefs.
 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Coral Reef Conservation Program has renewed their request for recreational divers to report their observations and photos to: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/seafan.htm

Most of the bleached and diseased corals are located on the Broward and Miami-Dade reefs. Oberservations and photos of healthy corals should also be reported to help develop an understanding of the distribution and extent of the event.

Also related:

The third recorded global coral bleaching event may be underway

Sediment and Turbidity Associated with Offshore Dredging Increase Coral Disease Prevalence on Nearby Reefs

Corals off South Florida hit with severe bleaching

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July 15, 2015:

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection | Coral Reef Conservation Program is reporting: Coral disease has been reported as widespread in Miami-Dade County and to a lesser extent in Broward.

Divers report your observations with photos, date and location to: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/seafan.htm

We have not seen disease reports from Palm Beach County

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Photos by Kim Porter, July 12, 2015, Broward County.

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