Invitation to an information evening about coral diseases

ORANJESTAD - The Department of Nature and Environment (DNM) in collaboration with the Fundacion Parke Nacional Aruba (FPNA), invites the community to an information evening where they will provide information about diseases affecting corals in the Caribbean region and possibly Aruba.

A few months ago, the DNM and the FPNA informed that some corals near the Boca Catalina probably were infected with the "Stony Coral Tissue Loss disease." Research and findings indicated the number of star and brain corals is in a critical condition. However, it is unclear if the cause is the Stony Coral Tissue Loss disease.

DNM and FPNA have established a 'working group' and planned training for dive centers to monitor the corals in the various regions. 

Invitation to an information evening about coral diseases.The working group comprises the National Park Foundation Aruba (FPNA), Crisis Management Office, Shipping Directorate, and Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery. They worked on a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be ready in advance for the possible arrival of the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in Aruba. The DNM and FPNA are in contact with regional and international partners such as the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGGRA) and the MPA Connect to monitor coral conditions. Unfortunately, Bonaire and Curacao already detected the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease.

Jointly with the Ministry of Nature (MinTINO), an instructional video has been made on how divers should disinfect their diving equipment to prevent contamination from one dive location to another. They will announce diver training announced soon. 

The DNM and the FPNA invite snorkelers, fishermen, and the community to the information evenings. They will provide information about coral disease in the Caribbean and how the community can help fight them.

There will be two information evenings:

  • May 4 MFA Paradera from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM;
  • May 5 MFA Savaneta from 19:00 to 20:30 PM.

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