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October 2021    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 36, No. 10   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Guidelines for Divers to Avoid Spreading Coral Disease

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Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease is decimating coral throughout the Caribbean and Florida, as we reported last month. Scientists studying the disease believe divers may transport the pathogens on their gear and transfer the infection to reefs on subsequent dives. The Cayman Islands has issued rules for divers anywhere in the Caymans. We urge dive operators throughout the Caribbean and Atlantic to enforce them with their divers.

Begin diving at the least diseased site first, moving to the more diseased sites as the day progresses. Between dives, inspect your gear and remove anything that may have been caught on it. Leave your gear on the boat. If possible, decontaminate your equipment between dives, but certainly at the end of the day, following these procedures:...

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