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Take photos and record where and when observations of disease are made, and report these observations to local managers, scientists, local government officials and or to the links listed below.
If possible, identify the type of disease you observed and on which species of coral, fish, etc. it was observed.
Decrease other impacts you may have on coral reefs. These include: disposing of waste onto reefs and walking on or touching corals.
Establish monitoring programs to identify and map diseases on local reefs.
Decease other pressures that may make reefs more vulnerable to disease. For example, decrease the amount of nutrient and pathogen inputs from sewage and reduce diver impacts on corals.
Improve stormwater runoff treatment and reduce agricultural runoff by employing buffer zones and catchment basins.
Establish ‘no discharge zones’ for boat and ship wastes.
Where possible, discontinue ocean dumping and outfalls.
|Etchings made by divers on coral heads can lead to disease ultimately killing the coral.
Location: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Photo by: Elizabeth Wood
(from ReefBase: http://www.reefbase.org)|