DoE warns about Sister Island travel and spread of coral disease | Loop Cayman Islands

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The Department of Environment (DoE) has issued an advisory informing travellers that if they are planning to travel from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman or Cayman Brac, they should know about Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease or SCTLD in order to prevent its spread to the Sister Islands.

According to DoE, SCTLD is an EXTREMELY contagious coral disease that has spread completely around Grand Cayman’s reefs in just over a year, leaving millions of dead corals in its wake throughout the Caribbean. But thankfully, it has not yet reached either of the sister islands so we still have time to protect them.

DoE indicated that vigilance is required because if SCTLD traveled with you to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman, it would devastate their vibrant, pristine reefs in a matter of months.

For this reason, DoE says that anyone travelling from Grand Cayman should disinfect all of their dive and snorkel gear, fishing gear, or anything making contact with the waters of Grand Cayman before travel. In addition, they can disinfect gear at any dive shop in Little Cayman or Cayman Brac.

Boaters should also disinfect boat bilges on the way out of Grand Cayman waters. Once offshore, boaters are advised to pour a good splash of bleach into the bilge and leave it for 10 minutes before pumping it out completely. Boaters can do this about a 1/2 mile off the wall.

Protect our reefs in the Sister Islands from the horrific damage SCTLD would cause. Learn more at doe.ky/SCTLD

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