The construction of a new U.S. military air base in Henoko Bay in Okinawa, Japan, would involve filling in and paving over hundreds of acres of rich coral and seagrass habitat which is crucial to the survival of the last surviving Okinawa dugong, one of Earth’s most endangered marine mammals.
Conservation groups and residents of Okinawa are now fighting back and they have filed an appeal to the court ruling that allows the construction of the military airbase in the Japanese island’s coastal waters.
“The Okinawa dugong, sea turtles, coral reefs, humans and the ocean environment need the U.S. justice system to guard our genuine national security by rejecting this ecologically horrendous project,” said Todd Steiner, founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network said in a press release.
Legal Battle Begins in Appeal Challenging US Military's Threat to Rare Okinawa Dugongs | Turtle Island Restoration Network
SAN FRANCISCO— American conservation groups and residents of Okinawa have filed the opening brief in an appeal of a court ruling allowing construction of a US Marine Corps air base in the Japanese island's coastal...
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