A new coral disease first seen on corals near Virginia Key (Miami-Dade County).
This previously undescribed disease confirmed to be spreading north and south from Virginia Key – up to Pompano Beach in the north and to Biscayne National Park in the south.
The first tissue samples from infected corals taken from southeast Florida by FWC and DEP. Tissue samples are analyzed by researchers to determine potential causes of the disease.
The disease now documented as far north as Palm Beach County and as far south as Lower Matecumbe Key in the Upper Florida Keys. Carysfort Reef and Grecian Rocks were surveyed and additional tissue samples taken from corals at Grecian Rocks by FWC.
Start of intervention treatment testing, including antibiotic paste on endangered pillar coral, Dendrogyra cylindrus by the Florida Aquarium and Nova Southeastern University.
The disease reached the northern end of Florida’s Coral Reef near the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County and is prevalent throughout the Upper Florida Keys.
FWC and DEP divers collect additional tissue samples from Martin County and West Turtle and Dustan Rocks in the Middle Florida Keys.
DEP and researchers from the University of Hawaii and Oregon State University host the first meeting in response to this disease outbreak.
Treatment trials started for diseased corals in aquarium-based facilities by Keys Marine Lab.
The disease reported in the Lower Florida Keys. The disease is documented for the first time outside Florida in Jamaica.
Disease treatments with antibiotic paste, chlorine, and other methods started in wild corals in the Florida Keys.
The disease reported in the Mexican Caribbean.
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, DEP, and NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program held a workshop to create a comprehensive stony coral tissue loss disease response plan. The Coral Rescue Project was born.
The first coral rescue effort was conducted – 102 coral colonies were collected by divers using small hammers and chisels from reefs near Key West.
Nova Southeastern University starts intervention treatments on corals in southeast Florida – applying chlorinated epoxy or antibiotic treatments directly to infected corals.
The disease reported in St. Maarten.
The disease reported in Key West and in St. Thomas, USVI.
The disease outbreak reaches the Marquesas Islands (west of Key West) and is documented in the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos.
Harbor Branch Institute starts intervention treatments on corals in Martin, Palm Beach, and Broward counties.
The disease reported in Saint Martin, Belize, and St. Eustatius.
The disease reported in St John (USVI), Culebra (Puerto Rico), and Grand Bahama Island (Bahamas).
The disease reported in the British Virgin Islands.
The disease was observed near Rebecca Shoal at the Western end of the Marquesas placing the disease boundary ~20 miles from Dry Tortugas National Park. The disease was also reported in the Cayman Islands, Guadeloupe, St. Croix (USVI), New Providence (Bahamas), and at additional sites in Puerto Rico and St. Lucia.
The disease reported in Honduras.
The disease reported in Martinique.
The first juvenile corals, offspring of rescued corals that were bred in captivity, were outplanted back onto wild Florida reefs.
The disease reported in Dry Tortugas National Park.