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Report a Disease Outbreak

Unusual change in coral color, skeleton, or an abnormal growth? You can report this information using our Level I report form. You will assist in the study of coral disease by providing early information on potential major disease outbreaks.

CDHC: The Vision

`To understand and address the effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on corals in order to contribute to the preservation and protection of coral reef ecosystems`
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Diagnostic Tools

Several molecular based probes for assessing coral disease have been developed, including DNA probes, an immuno-competence assay, a PCR-screening tests for recognized pathogens and a DNA AP site lesions assay. Learn More

About The Coral Disease & Health Consortium

imageThe CDHC is a network of field and laboratory scientists, coral reef managers, and agency representatives devoted to understanding coral health and disease. It is extensive, highly collaborative, and completely voluntary with over 150 partners currently.

The CDHC was created in 2002, in response to the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force’s (USCRTF) National Action Plan to Conserve Coral Reefs; it is an official working group of the Task Force under Resolution 16.6. Learn More.