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Restoration Activities
Case: T/V PORT STEWART

Emergency Restoration

The Trustees for the T/V PORT STEWART Incident determined, based on the site and resource conditions revealed by their earliest investigations of the resource injuries at the site, that emergency restoration actions, as defined by 15 CFR § 990.26, were necessary to reduce injuries to and prevent unnecessary future losses of impacted coral reef resources. The Responsible Party ("RP") was invited to participate in the conduct of this emergency restoration, as provided in 15 CFR § 990.14(c). The Trustees worked with the RP’s representatives to salvage, flip, and cache injured corals that were still viable. In caching the corals, divers collect injured corals and place them in locations where they will be temporarily safe from the abrasive forces associated with normal waves and currents until the corals can be reattached to the reef at a later time. Emergency restoration activities to reattach corals and restore structure at the grounding site were initiated in February, 2010, based on an Emergency Restoration Plan that was cooperatively developed by the Trustees and the RP.

Numerous  impacted corals are cached together for later reattachment Numerous impacted corals are cached together for later reattachment   Divers work to attach broken fragments of the ESA listed Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) to a floating underwater coral array. Divers work to attach broken fragments of the ESA listed Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) to a floating underwater coral array.
   
         



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