ST. THOMAS — Marine scientists gathered on St. Thomas this week to share information and advice on how to combat diseases and bleaching that are decimating the region’s coral reefs.

“We’re not 100% sure everything that’s going to happen, but for sure there are going to be negative effects,” said Dr. Marilyn Brandt, a coral disease specialist and research associate professor of marine and environmental science at the University of the Virgin Islands.

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