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Coral Disease Response: Completed Projects

Since 2015, DEP and numerous partners from federal, state and local governments, universities, nongovernmental organizations and the South Florida community have been communicating regularly and working together on a multifaceted response effort.

Completed Project Reports

Date

Author(s)

Title

November 2015

Brian Walker and Katelyn Klug

Southeast Florida Large Coral Assessment

June 2016

Esther Peters and Nicole Fogarty

Data collection to assess reef conditions before and during the 2014-2015 coral disease outbreak

June 2017

Brian Walker

Characterize the condition of previously known and newly identified large dense Acropora cervicornis patches in southeast Florida

June 2017

Jeff Maynard, James Byrne, Kristi Kerrigan, Dieter Tracey,
Karen Bohnsack, Francisco Pagan, Joanna Walczak, Gareth J. Williams

Coral reef resilience to climate change in the Florida Reef Tract

June 2017

Kathleen Lunz, Jan Landsberg, Yasu Kiryu, and Vanessa Brinkhuis

Investigation of the coral disease outbreak affecting scleractinian coral species along the Florida Reef Tract

June 2018

Karen Neely and Cindy Lewis

In-Situ Disease Intervention

June 2018

Karen Neely

Ex-Situ Disease Treatment Trials

June 2018

Brian Walker and Alysha Brunelle

Southeast Florida Large (>2 meter) Diseased Coral Colony Intervention Summary Report

June 2018

William Sharp and Kerry Maxwell

Investigating the Ongoing Coral Disease Outbreak in the Florida Keys: Collecting Corals to Diagnose the Etiological Agent(s) and Establishing Sentinel Sites to Monitor Transmission Rates and the Spatial Progression of the Disease

June 2018

Keri O'Neil, Karen Neely, and Josh Patterson

Nursery Management and Treatment of Diseased Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus) on the Florida Reef Tract

June 2018

Ian Enochs and Graham Kolodziej

Ultraviolet Deactivation of Coral Disease Lesions

June 2018

Karen Neely

Surveying the Florida Keys Southern Coral Disease Boundary

June 2018

Brian Walker

Southeast Florida Reef-Wide Post-Irma Coral Disease Survey

June 2018

Erinn Muller, Robert van Woesik, and Constance Sartor

Spatial Epidemiology Modeling of the Florida Coral Disease Outbreak

June 2018

Blake Ushijima, Valerie Paul

Postdoctoral research in coral pathogen isolation

June 2018

Josh D. Voss, Ian Combs

Fate tracking, molecular investigation, and amputation assessment of tissue loss disease on corals in the northern Florida Reef Tract

December 2018

Karen Neely, Emily Hower

In-Situ Disease Intervention (December 2018)

June 2019 William Sharp, Kerry Maxwell, and John Hunt Investigating the ongoing coral disease outbreak in the Florida Keys: Evaluating its small-scale epidemiology and mitigation techniques
June 2019 Valerie Paul, Blake Ushijima, and Greta Aeby Studies of the Ecology and Microbiology of Florida's Coral Tissue Loss Diseases
June 2019 Karen Neely Ex Situ Disease Treatment Trials 
June 2019 Mike Favero, Katie Balut, and Mark Levine

Amoxicillin Trihydrate Stability in Correlation with Coral Ointment Batch#18006-B and Simulated Seawater

June 2019 Brian Walker, Joana Figueiredo Large Orbicella Assisted-Reproduction Report
June 2019 Brian Walker, Kelly Pitts SE FL Reef-building-coral Response to Amoxicillin Intervention and Broader-scale Coral Disease Intervention
June 2019 Joshua D. Voss, Erin Shilling, Ian Combs

Intervention and fate tracking for corals affected by stony coral tissue loss disease in the northern Florida Reef Tract

Workshops

Disease Workshop (July 24-25, 2017)

DEP’s Florida Coastal Office staff partnered with coral disease experts Great Aeby from the University of Hawaii and Blake Ushijima from Oregon State University to deliver a two-day coral disease workshop. Approximately 125 participants representing a variety of agencies, organizations, universities and the South Florida community attended. The workshop included information on coral disease identification, ecology and investigation techniques. To review the workshop material and recordings, please follow the links below:

  1. Coral Disease: Drivers and Management
  2. Coral Ecology and Lesion Identification*
  3. Investigation of Disease Ecology in Florida*
  4. Coral Microbes: Friends or Foes

For 508-Compliant versions, please email Kristi.Kerrigan@FloridaDEP.gov.

Disease Planning Workshops (November 6-8, 2017)

DEP’s Florida Coastal Office Southeast Region collaborated with staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lead a three-day coral disease workshop to discuss the next phase of coral disease response efforts. Made possible by funds appropriated by the Florida Legislature and Governor Scott, the workshop was attended by approximately 40 participants, including leading coral disease scientists and animal health experts. To review the summaries and objectives from these workshops, please see below and click on the following links:

Intervention Methodologies Workshop: November 6, 2017

Objectives: (1) Discuss coral disease intervention and treatment methodologies, and identify the constraints that may limit them from application. (2) Collaborate with animal health experts regarding additional data needs or other strategies to proceed with interventions within the current regulatory framework.

Priority Sampling Plan Workshop: November 7-8, 2017

Objectives: (1) Create a Florida Reef Tract-wide coral disease priority sampling plan, to include both single event biological collections and fixed station assessment. (2) Develop a plan for how existing and future samples should be analyzed across all disciplines and identify labs/personnel with the expertise to complete those analyses.


Regional Coordination Calls

To improve communication about the status of the coral disease outbreak and coordination among reef managers, scientists and interested members of the community regarding these response efforts, DEP initiated coordination phone calls in summer 2015. Although initially focused on mainland southeast Florida where the disease outbreak originated, these coordination calls were re-established during summer 2016 to include the entire Florida Reef Tract and are currently ongoing. Follow the links below to review a meeting summary from any of these calls:

Regional Southeast Florida Calls:

Florida Reef Tract-Wide Calls:



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