Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease affects up to 20 of the Stony Corals that are found within BVI waters.
These hard corals are the main makeup of the BVI reef systems.
Unlike many other coral diseases, SCTLD, is known to be fast spreading and can lead to widespread coral death at some sites in just a few months.
This disease has been very sadly destroying many of the reefs in Florida and has taken a hold in the USVI as well. We are fortunate that it arrived in the BVI’s after some initial research had been done so that we are better equipped to combat it in its infancy.
An antibiotic paste has been proven to be up to 95% effective at stopping the disease which is spread on the infected corals and then the corals monitored over the following couple of weeks.
Beyond The Reef has played a crucial role over the past 10 months in assisting the government in the monitoring and implementation of this paste in hopes to halt the spread of the disease before it gets even worse.