30 Sep '17, 6pm

Endangered coral threatens to derail construction at Futenma relocation site - Stripes

Endangered coral threatens to derail construction at Futenma relocation site - Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An endangered species of coral has been discovered where a U.S. military runway is being built for the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, threatening to derail construction on the project. The coral — called Porites okinawensis — was found during a July survey by the Okinawa Defense Bureau, an agency spokesman said. A panel of Japanese government experts announced the discovery on Wednesday. Japan’s Ministry of the Environment says the coral is facing extinction, and it has been included on the nation’s Red List of Threatened Species. Construction has continued on the project because bureau officials said the coral will not be impacted by the work. “[Construction] will not have an effect on the coral, and its living environment will be maintained,” the spokesman said. Bureau officials said they plan to seek permission to move the coral f...

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