Microsoft co-founder’s yacht damages 80% corals in Cayman Island

Published on : Friday, January 29, 2016

Cayman IslandThe Cayman Island known for its rich treasures of coral received some disturbing visitors who ripped off the islands’ 80 per cent protected corals from its ecosystem.

 

A 300ft yacht owned by Microsoft co-founder, billionaire and marine conservationist Paul Allen completely damaged the reef.

 

The crew was alerted that their anchor maybe impacting the coral in the area and according to statements from Allen’s investment firm Vulcan, the position of the vessel was relocated to ensure the protection of the reef.

 

 

The foundation for marine conservation is supported by Allen and in such a position a damage caused by his own yacht on the protected reef is alarming. He may have to foot in a hefty fine which would probably solve the issue and help Allen rub hands off the damage.

 

Bleaching, blamed by global warming activists on warmer ocean water, and the spread of infectious disease, took a heavy toll on the reefs around the turn of the century. From 1999 to 2004, lives coral cover declined by more than 40 percent. But a 13-year study conducted by the University of Florida and Caribbean researchers and released in November 2013 found the amount of live coral on the reefs, the density of young colonies critical to the reefs’ future health, and the overall size of corals had returned to 1999 levels. The study was published in November 2013 in the peer-reviewed online periodical Public Library of Science.

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3 Responses to Microsoft co-founder’s yacht damages 80% corals in Cayman Island

  1. Christopher Nthiani says:

    Oops!

  2. Richard says:

    It’s one man with one small boat compared to the hundreds of thousands of cargo ships, Cruise ships, military vessels and smaller boats – who around the world set anchors every day. Nobody seems to monitor them or charge them with damaging the eco-system, but because Mr. Allen has money, he is of course able to pay. Our oceans are being damaged daily by each one of us every time we use plastics alone, for example, not to mention the hundreds of other things we do daily to damage our planet. To me, the Cayman’s money grab is legitimate in this case and luckily it is affordable for the perpetrator – but we are all collectively fouling our house so badly that our great, great grand-children might be the last generation of humans on earth. Too bad we don’t all clean up our own act. Richard

  3. Richard Buck says:

    It’s one man with one small boat compared to the hundreds of thousands of cargo ships, Cruise ships, military vessels and smaller boats – who around the world set anchors every day. Nobody seems to monitor them or charge them with damaging the eco-system, but because Mr. Allen has money, he is of course able to pay. Our oceans are being damaged daily by each one of us every time we use plastics alone, for example, not to mention the hundreds of other things we do daily to damage our planet. To me, the Cayman’s money grab is legitimate in this case and luckily it is affordable for the perpetrator – but we are all collectively fouling our house so badly that our great, great grand-children might be the last generation of humans on earth. Too bad we don’t all clean up our own act. Richard

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