Threat of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease to Barbados
In the summer of 2014, corals off the coast of Florida were presenting with white blotches or bands associated with rapid tissue loss, leaving bare coral skeleton behind and killing corals within days to weeks. We at the CZMU have continued to monitor the progression of this disease, now known as the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD), as well as the emerging science surrounding the issue.
Unfortunately it has reached our neighbours in St. Lucia and the possibility of it making its way to Barbados is slowly increasing.
As we work on a plan of action should the disease reach our shores, we ask for your assistance in surveillance and reporting of any suspected cases of SCTLD. The posters below outline decontamination procedures as well as the basic characteristics of the disease.
Please feel free to direct others to these resources or share them with any interested persons as we work to spread awareness.
We will continue to periodically update you as new information comes to light.