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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2022. 9:32 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Belize’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Network is testing a strategy for the treatment of stony corals afflicted with Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD).

According to the University of Belize’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA), a team monitored and treated corals across six permanent sites in the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve for SCTLD.

The treatment is a mix of CoreRx & Amoxicillin, the latter a treatment for various diseases including pneumonia.

SCTLD is a deadly disease affecting Caribbean corals, especially brain, pillar, star and starlet corals. It was first detected in Florida in 2014 and in Belize in July 2019 at the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. SCTLD spreads quickly causing high coral mortality and the cause is still unknown.

The team plans to return to these sites in the coming months to track the status of the treated corals. For more information on SCTLD visit https://www.agrra.org/coral-disease-outbreak/

 

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