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Okinawa retracts permit for coral reef transplantation

  • July 31, 2021
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri
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Saturday’s Asahi and Yomiuri wrote that on Friday the Okinawa prefectural government revoked the permit for the Okinawa Defense Bureau to transplant coral reefs off the coast of Camp Schwab on the grounds that the bureau failed to comply with the condition that transplantation be avoided when the water temperature is high. The bureau began the transplantation on Thursday only a day after the governor authorized it on a conditional basis. In announcing his decision on the withdrawal of the permit following the bureau’s rejection earlier in the day of his “administrative guidance” to stop the work, the governor said: “The operation was launched when the water temperature was high and a typhoon could hit at any time. Rescindment is appropriate given that the transplantation is bound to endanger the coral reefs.” In a follow-up report, Sunday’s Asahi reported that the Defense Bureau suspended the transplantation work on Saturday.

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