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Transplantation of coral reefs begins off Camp Schwab

  • July 30, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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The two major Okinawa dailies reported that on Thursday work began off the coast of Camp Schwab to transplant coral reefs as part of the FRF construction initiative, pointing out that the Okinawa Defense Bureau went ahead with the work a day after Governor Tamaki authorized the transplant on a conditional basis. The governor was reportedly upset because the bureau apparently ignored his request not to transplant the coral during the typhoon season or when the water temperature is high in order to protect it. He indicated to the press that he may ask the bureau for access to conduct an onsite survey to check whether the coral reefs have been damaged as a result of the transplantation, adding that “administrative guidance” may be issued to ensure that the bureau abides by the agreed upon conditions. The dailies speculated that the GOJ is keen to establish one “fait accompli” after another to further accelerate the construction project.

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