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Coral reef dredging begins at Majuro airport

By Shane Graber - Posted Sep 20, 2012 11:00 AM
Last week I reported about the imminent mining of near-shore lagoonal coral reefs for fill for an US FAA-funded airport expansion in the Marshall Islands. Unfortunately, mining has begun and is now affecting nearby coral reefs.

Dean Jacobson is following the coral reef destruction as Pacific International, Inc. dredges the areas for the airport expansion project and he had this to say about the happenings this morning on one of the listservs:

"Dredging is on-going at the reservoir reef on Majuro, and an enormous sediment plume is stretching into the lagoon, unconstrained by the missing sediment curtain (the only curtain is near-shore, just a meter deep, at one end of the mining zone)." Dean also notes that he "just learned that Maria Cantwell from my home state of Washington, Chair of the Aviation committee, with oversight over FAA, is looking into the Majuro coral mining [incident]."

Please sign the petition if you oppose what the FAA is funding through its actions at Majuro, Marshall Islands. It's currently at 648 signatures out of the 1,000 goal. Let's see if we can push it over the top.

Take a look at what is affected with this destructive mining practice. It is not pretty:

2 Sept swim over dredge pits, mined by PII, at the Majuro atoll reservoir (near the airport), funded by US FAA. This reef had 100% coral cover just a week earlier, and the coral rescue plan that was due to be part of the mitigation plan is obviously not happening!

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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