Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Guardian Severely Damaged the Tubbataha Reef


The Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was struck by the United States Navy minesweeper USS Guardian last January 17, 2013. The assessed damage was 1,000 square meters of coral, and presented above is an infographic on how big the actual damage is. Until now, the USS Guardian is still stuck, with no concrete recovery plan on how to get it out to prevent further damage.

The 224-foot US Navy minesweeper had no business being around the protected area on its way to Indonesia and was properly warned on its entry. The US Navy will surely be fined, as this event has caused an outrage through the country because the Tubbataha reef is considered as one of the top 8 diving sites around the world.

The US Navy issued the following statement:

"The U.S. Navy recognizes that Tubbataha Reef is a unique and treasured environment," Guardian Spokesman Lt. Cmdr. James Stockman said. "We are taking all precautions to ensure that the recovery plan will have minimal environmental damage."

Hopefully, no more damage will be incurred in getting the ship out.

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