Most Read Contributor in Cayman Islands, September 2016
Grand Cayman, 25 February — The
Department of Environment (DoE) and Vulcan Inc., on behalf of Paul
G. Allen, the owner of the M/Y Tatoosh, have agreed on the
principles and parameters of a jointly administered emergency
restoration plan, which has the immediate focus of helping to speed
up the recovery of the damaged site, and to minimise or prevent
ongoing losses and harm to the injured coral habitat.
The plan, which was concluded after close collaboration between
the DoE and Vulcan representatives, includes the following
activities, the first of which already has been completed by DoE
staff and Polaris Applied Sciences Inc., a coral reef restoration
firm that has been contracted by Vulcan.
Triage the affected corals: Upright,
uncover, secure and move viable corals to safe locations, while
work on stabilising the reef structure is completed.
Stabilise or remove the larger rubble
accumulations, to prevent continued and future damage to nearby
living and established resources from the impacts of rubble
movement. As much rubble as possible and to the extent practicable
will be incorporated onsite, to recreate and retain the original
Recreate the lost structure, or
reduce the unnatural appearance of scraping or scarring.
Rescue and reattach as much living
coral and other live biota as practicable, to reduce the time for a
full site natural recovery and restore ecosystem services.
Monitor the site to determine the
success of the restoration effort in the months and years following
On Tuesday, 1 March, the Polaris team are expected to commence
work on implementing the remainder of the emergency restoration
plan. Oversight of the restoration activities will be carried out
by Dr Harold Hudson, a world leader in restoration of coral
habitats and formerly of NOAA, who will be engaged by Vulcan but
will report to both Vulcan and the DoE. The monitoring of the
success of the restoration effort will be carried out under the
auspices of the DoE.
The DoE and Paul G. Allen are deeply committed to ocean health
and conservation. Both the DoE and Vulcan have worked hard to
ensure that this agreement reflects the best international
standards for restoration of coral habitats. They look forward to
working together on the restoration. No further public statements
are planned until the remediation work is completed.
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