Corals destroyed in Oura Bay

Corals destroyed in Oura Bay

Hamasango corals or Porites cylindrica were crushed by large concrete blocks. Photograph taken by Takaya Kinra on seabed about five meters deep in Oura Bay, Nago, at 04:05 p.m. on February 14.

February 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Large concrete blocks weighing 10-45 tons have damaged coral in Oura Bay, Nago, the planned site of the replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Okinawa Defense Bureau has installed blocks on the seabed to fix floats marking a temporary restricted areas.

On February 14, a photographer of the Ryukyu Shimpo took a picture of the scene. This photograph proves that corals have been hurt outside the area that the Okinawa Prefectural Government approved for the defense bureau to crush coral reefs.

(English translation by T&CT)

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