New Sponsor: Ocean Corals, UK

image: Ocean Corals

Digital-Reefs would like to welcome Ocean Corals on-board as a sponsor!

Based in Clifton Moor, York, this shop offers in excess of 300 corals and 200 fish at any one time, making it one of the largest stockists of marine fish and corals in the Northern UK.

As demonstrated by their recent stunning LPS import, they really are dedicated to sourcing the most sought after marine fish and corals available here in the UK.

Dry goods are also in stock which include suppliers such as TMC, D&D, Deltec, Maxspect, VorTech, Korrallen Zucht, New Era and many more.

Full tank set ups are also available and are fully customised to the customer’s needs.

Take the time to see their latest stock by clicking the banner below.

GIS Techniques Shed Light on Caribbean Coral Disease

image courtesy of Doug Cook, www.reddog-diving.com

Caribbean reef-building Acroporid corals have suffered a massive decline in the last 30 years with more than 90% succumbing to White Band Disease (WBD). Despite this, the disease is still poorly understood. The loss of such species not only leads to the collapse of entire communites of marine organisms, but also removes the reef as a natural barrier against hurricanes.

Now, scientists from the University of Florida have had the bright idea of applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, as well as software previously used to examine human illness, to show where clusters of diseased coral exist with a view to finding out what exactly causes WBD outbreaks.

Initial research has already shown patterns that may not have been identified using exisiting techniques and it is proposed that these new methods could prove useful in other locations around the World, where this disease has also been reported.

For more information click HERE