There is a clear consensus from the growing scientific literature that large-scale coral disease outbreaks represent a significant threat to the productivity and diversity of coral reef ecosystems. Global climate change has the potential to greatly increase the prevalence of coral disease worldwide, leading to a rise in associated coral mortality. This introductory guide, developed by the ICRI Ad Hoc Committee on Disease in collaboration with the GEF CRTR Disease Working Group aims to inform policy and decision-makers worldwide about the alarming emergence and progression of disease throughout coral reef ecosystems, the possible interactions of disease with other environmental influences causing stress to reef ecosystems, as well as appropriate management responses promoted by the international community.
Citation: ICRI/UNEP-WCMC (2010). Disease in Tropical Coral Reef Ecosystems: ICRI Key Messages on Coral Disease. 11pp.