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White Plague spreading on the Cozumel Coral???

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by ANDREW INGRAM, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Brules

    Brules Loggerhead Turtle

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    The spread of this is absolutely alarming. Seeing it everywhere- it killing vast swathes of reef. So it all over Columbia deep and shallows and various other sites. We snorkeled Columbia shallows today and I got video- will post when I get back to the states. It’s bad people......it’s doing more damage than Wilma ever did. :(
     
  2. ggunn

    ggunn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I was there in May, and yes, I saw it on a lot of coral heads. What I saw was mostly on brain corals but there was some on other hard corals.

    No one knows what is causing it, though some sort of bacterial infection is suspected. Increasing water temperature is likely a factor.
     
  3. ggunn

    ggunn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I don't think sunscreen is a factor, at least not locally to Cozumel. The effects are seen just as much on the southernmost reefs which are upcurrent from the areas where most people go.
     
  4. Brules

    Brules Loggerhead Turtle

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    Agreed, this is not sunscreen. Something much bigger. Brain coral and all the porites are dying.....
     
  5. LimitedSlip7

    LimitedSlip7 Nassau Grouper

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    Any updates on this? Was thinking about setting up a Sept trip but depending on how bad it is I might try somewhere else this time.
     
  6. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Great White

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    On the WinJet ferry they have a video about the park and they say don't use any sunscreen.
     
  7. Brules

    Brules Loggerhead Turtle

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    Nothing to do with snscreen.

    White band disease ravages coral reefs in the Caribbean

    I would put money down on that it has to do with the massive uptick in farming in south america that then drains into the ocean via the amazon basin and is circulated all through the carib.

    Fertilizer and Glyphosphate use are through the roof down there........and it circulates right up past cozumel/belize and on to Florida.
     
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  8. JFS

    JFS Manta Ray

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    I agree Brules, has nothing to do with sunscreen.. There has been a huge increase in land developments both on the island and the entire mainland from Chetumal to Cancun. A lot of pollution going in the water. I know of several Cozumel beach restaurants who dump all their dirty water out into the ocean. Playa Del Carmen had about 20k people in the 1990s. It's planned to grow to around 2 million.... Tulum has no waste water treatment and it has grown exponentially. Where does all their sewage go...
     
  9. Brules

    Brules Loggerhead Turtle

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    Wow......had no idea about the sewage run off........good grief. Then add in central/south america run off - that is no bueno.

    The die off is significant.......its like small pox on certain corals (brain/stag/elkhorn corals).
     
  10. BRT

    BRT Giant Squid

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    Are you seeing increasing water temp in Coz? I seem to be getting colder temps every year.
     

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