Since 2014, the Florida Reef Tract has been severely impacted by a newly documented coral disease which scientists are calling "Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease" because it affects hard stony corals and is characterized by the rapid loss of live coral tissue. The disease spread rapidly across coral reefs from Palm Beach to the lower Florida Keys and in the last year has been reported elsewhere in the Caribbean, including in Jamaica, Mexico, Sint Maarten, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Belize and Sint Eustatius.

Blue Action Fund has announced a new open Call for Proposals. This call will focus on Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. In the case of transboundary projects, project components can also be carried out in Panama.

The Tahiry Honko project is helping to tackle climate breakdown and build community resilience by restoring and protecting mangrove forests.

A celebration at the heart of a protected mangrove forest in Madagascar this week marked the formal inauguration of the world's largest mangrove carbon conservation project. The forest, situated in the Bay of Assassins in the remote southwest of the country, is protected and managed by communities from surrounding villages within the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA).

Off the coast of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a group of scientists is tearing a reef apart in a feverish attempt to save some of its coral.

They are battling a fast-moving, lethal disease that researchers say is unprecedented in the speed with which it can damage large numbers of coral species across the Caribbean Sea. Breaking their cardinal rule to never touch the coral, the scientists are removing diseased specimens to try to stop the disease spreading and save what remains.

On Wednesday the 25th September 2019 the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, detailing the impact of climate change on the world's ocean.

Climate change remains the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, as highlighted in a report recently released by Australia's lead management agency for the Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's 2019 Outlook Report is published every five years and provides an overview of the condition of the Reef's ecosystem and heritage values, use, influencing factors, management effectiveness, resilience, and risks to its future.

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