Innovation for the Resilience of the Mesoamerican Reef, cases of success

June 12 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Innovation for the Resilience of the Mesoamerican Reef, cases of success".

Spanning 600 miles from Mexico all the way to Honduras, the Mesoamerican Reef is the world’s second largest reef system. OVER HALF of the reef is in poor or critical condition due to careless tourism, pollution, unsustainable fishing, and climate change. To make matters worse, scientists recently discovered a new and urgent threat that is attacking the reef. A coral disease outbreak, known as “Síndrome Blanco” (White Syndrome), is killing over 20 of the coral species found on the reef. Scientists believe this disease is the same as the stony coral tissue loss disease that has been ravaging Florida’s reefs for the past five years.

The objective is to spotlight the innovations & techniques applied already for the region that can support resilience efforts:

  1. Satellite Monitoring and Water Quality - Dr. José Luis Hernández PhD
  2. Micro Fragmentation - Dr. David Vaughan PhD, Plant a Million Corals
  3. Metagenomic research for bacterial characterization on Corals & Water - Dr. Felix Aguirre PhD, UAM Lerma, Seashepherd Science Mexico
  4. The Germplasm Bank for Aquatic Species of Mexico as a strategy in the conservation of Corals - PhD. Carmen Paniagua, SUBNARGENA (National Subsystem for Aquatic Genetic Resources
  5. Immersive Technology - Underwater Earth 



This Panel will take place at the Ocean Innovation Hub

  • To spotlight the innovations & techniques applied already for the region
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