Consequences of our carbon footprint: the white band disease

Consequences of our carbon footprint: the white band disease 150 150 Climatetrade

This disease has already claimed 40% of the corals of the Mesoamerican Coast and continues to expand.

It was in mid-2018 when, for the first time in Mexico, white spots were detected on the corals. After different studies, it was determined that it was the white band disease.

It is a disease that causes injury to the tissue on the edge of the coral, causing it to detach from its skeleton and preventing its regeneration. This bacterium kills corals that are hundreds of years old. In less than a year it has wiped out 40% of the corals in the Mesoamerican Reef System.

Corals are essential for the survival of marine ecosystems, since they provide a habitat for more than 100,000 species, which represents a quarter of the biodiversity of the sea.

In addition, it protects coastal cities from the erosion produced by hurricanes and storms. It also mitigates the effects of climate change. They are a source of export products for the cosmetic sector, in the same way, they help the creation of new drugs and, in Mexico, they are a very valuable asset for the tourism sector.

Carbon footprint mitigation

From ClimateTrade we are convinced that actions to preserve the biodiversity of the sea depend to a great extent on the survival of corals.

In this sense, we have signed an agreement with the Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE) to launch the project “Noah’s Ark of the corals”, consisting of collecting and conserving the different species of corals using advanced cryogenization techniques. from the Mesoamerican Coast to replant them once the White Syndrome is eradicated, as well as to support research for the eradication of the bacteria.