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DOE receives new reports of disease in pillar corals

The Department of Environment said it has received two new reports of diseased pillar corals on the northeast of Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.

DOE visiting scientist Tammi Warrender told Cayman 27 the DOE no longer believes the outbreak of a mystery disease first reported at the Killer Pillar dive site on Grand Cayman’s west side this year is a localised event.

Pillar coral disease was reported on Grand Cayman at the Fish tank dive site and at an unnamed site on Cayman Brac.

The DOE took swift action after the initial report back in June, sawing off sections of healthy coral for transplant at other locations along the reef.

Ms. Warrender told Cayman 27 while these mitigation measures have shown some success, the root cause is still undetermined.

“If we can find out what’s causing the disease and what bacteria is effecting the coral then perhaps we can intervene in other ways,” said Ms. Warrender. “The methods we are using seem to be a band aid.”

She said the DOE is sending away samples for comparison with other coral diseases seen in the Caribbean.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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