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Published on : Friday, January 29, 2016
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.