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University pays for reef damage

 

The University of Miami is to pay US$ 482,000 as a penalty for damaging a coral reef in the.

The university’s research vessel, the R/V Walton Smith ran aground on a reef in the National Park in November 2007 and the out of court settlement  has only just been made. It was posted on the US Justice Department website.

Of course this is not the only vessel to run aground in the Marine Park, and so the US National Park Service has developed a Coral reef Restoration Plan, which, when implemented, will provide the Park funding and a range of techniques it can use to help the reefs heal.