[Coral-List] SCTLD has reached Bonaire

Todd Barber reefball at reefball.com
Fri Jul 29 01:18:54 UTC 2022

It seems somewhat of a knee-jerk reaction, especially since we really don't
know how SCTLD spreads, but we have some good clues that it's from ballast
water from ships...not spread by divers.  Although I believe we need to
protect our reefs, we really should be doing it with real knowledge not
just overreactions that could have other unintended consequences.


Todd R Barber
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On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 8:42 PM Steve Mussman via Coral-List <
coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:

> We recently discussed the closure of a reef in Vietnam to divers in an
> attempt to reduce stress. They are temporarily closing some reefs in
> Cozumel as well.
> Now, Bonaire has closed a popular dive spot (Karpata) in an attempt to
> contain SCTLD which has just recently been detected there.
> Any thoughts on the effectiveness of this strategy and what do we know at
> this point about how the disease spreads?
> Bonaire has managed to avoid SCTLD up until now.
> Regards,
> Steve
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