It can take 10,000 years for damaged corals to fully regrow, says Hontiveros



MANILA, Philippines – It could take more than 10,000 years before the corals damaged by a US Navy ship in the Tubbataha Reefs will regrow to its previous state, Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros said Thursday.

Hontiveros said during an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990AM that the hard corals that grow in the Tubbataha Reefs takes up to 10 years just to grow an inch.

The USS Guardian, a US Navy Minesweeper that has been stranded in the Unesco World Heritage Site since January 17, has destroyed an estimated 1,000 square meters of corals already.

Hontiveros called on the US Navy to compensate for the damages brought about by the grounding of their ship.

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  • Harry

    It was so easy for the US government to say that it will compensate for the damage. Little did it know that it takes the corals a hundred years to grow just one small inch, the damage that the US navy caused is almost irreplaceable.

    • kangsongdaeguk

      so ano gagawin natin? magmurahan at mag-iyakan na lang? 

      • Harry

        That is the recourse weak nations usually take.

    • Daniel Nielsen

      so is the hundred of hectarces that i watch being blasted by fisherman. they do it right in front of of everyone and nobody does anything.every week they are stopping trucks loads of blasted fish. they take the fish and let the truckers on their way.i klive in a fishing village that has no more fish. the fishing boats are rotting awayt because fish blasting has destroyed the reefs.some here according to the paper are 90 percent destroyed and im talking kilometers across. all you have is dead sea. this goes on everyday

      • buttones

        We don’t need the USA navy to destroy our coral reefs, we have been very successful doing that on our own, and, as this woman speaks with no qualification of reference, probably doesn’t even SCUBA either, let me hold the some prerogative- I would argue the the loss of our coral reefs is due to deliberate 99.99% Filipino/ Chinese contribution and 00.01% grounding of foreign vessels.

      • Daniel Nielsen

        true people who live in the cities have no idea how bad things are out here they just believe the garbage thats in the papers that only say things to make other countries look bad, just like the shooting in cebu. it has been a shark feeding frenzy. if a flippino had done it it wouild have been over and forgotten about by now. they love to stir up hatred towards foreigners

  • IlocosSon

    Why not tell that also to the CHINESE na nag ubos ng corals sa atin bansa.

  • pizza ria

    nakakita na naman ng pagkakataon itong si rizang pulahan para magpainterview.  sorry, but you will never become a senator. 

  • Daniel Nielsen

    where i live every day there is loud booms and water shooting in the air this happens in broad daylight in front of resorts and has been going on for years some places 90 percent of the reefs are gone. i live next to the ocean and when it rains in the mountains huge islands og garbage float buy my house. i cant even swim in the ocean because everyones sewers flow into the ocean. i have the only septic tank in this town.ivr seen diapers laying on the in front of the tourist cabanas. you can go 40 kilometers in the ocean and there is still garbage

    • buttones

      Exactly, exactly- I live on the beach, there are three reefs off of my property, the first has been destroyed by locals digging for shellfish with bolo‘s , the other more outer one exposed during lower tides has suffered the same fate and the outer one has been ripped apart by local drag nets. And now, with the south west monsoons blowing I will hear on the wind the explosions from dynamite fishermen to the south west, and this woman speaks of a 1000 m2? She should come to my beach and I will show her 100, 000 m2- was this ever in the news? We cannot blame the US for the loss of corral reef around our shores, this grounding of a US vessel is peanuts, it was an accident, what we do is actually deliberate and NOBODY does a thing about it….

      • Daniel Nielsen

        near me is a town where they make blasting caps by the thousand and their not used for road construction. fisherman also using cyanide which kills the reefs. there never has been a senator come down and investigate. there is fish wardens. the honest one die because fisherman carry guns, several years ago they blew up a japanese tourist who was skin diving. the people on the dive screamed he was down but blew him up anyway ever year fisher are killed because they blow themselves up, nobody does anything because they want the votes

      • butchred

         can you not identify the location of the town and the beach you are talking about?


    hindi ko iboboto si risa hontiveros. ume epal na naman !

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