[Coral-List] Coral Disease Handbook & Underwater ID Cards now available

Courtney Saltonstall Couch cs389 at cornell.edu
Wed Sep 17 09:56:07 EDT 2008

Dear Coral List,
As some of you may be aware, the Coral Disease Working Group of GEF's 
Coral Reef Targeted Research Program and collaborators, have produced 
two new resources the (i) Coral Disease Handbook: Guidelines for 
Assessment, Monitoring and Management, and; (ii)Underwater Cards for 
Assessing Coral Health for Indo-Pacific and Caribbean Reefs.  The 
publications are designed for management and research professionals with 
an interest in monitoring coral reef disease and coral reef health.  The 
Handbook outlines procedures for describing signs, measuring disease 
impacts, monitoring disease outbreaks, assessing possible causes and 
managing reefs to minimize losses due to disease.  The Handbook aims to 
integrate critical, current scientific information about coral disease 
to support and strengthen coral reef management.  The Underwater Cards 
are designed to aide divers in the identification of various diseases 
and other compromised states of health. These cards also include a 
color-coded decision tree to assist with navigation through the cards.  
The step-by-step approach enables users to assess the health status of a 
coral and observations can be recorded on a reusable data sheet provided 
at the end of the card set.

These products are available from the CRTR Program website at 
www.gefcoral.org/publications for US$20 each plus postage (AUD$24.20).
Please note that no profit will be obtained from the sale of these 
products, and money earned will be utilized to cover cost of production.

Kind Regards,
Courtney Couch
Coral Disease Working Group Coordinator
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

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