Dugong activists appeal U.S. court ruling on Okinawa base transfer

National Sep 25, 2018

Dugong activists appeal U.S. court ruling on Okinawa base transfer

On Monday, American and Japanese conservationists seeking to protect endangered dugongs appealed a U.S. district court ruling in August allowing the construction of a new U.S. military base in Okinawa Prefecture. The plaintiffs contend that the base will destroy a crucial habitat for the last ...

Endangered dugong spotted just east of Henoko site

National Aug 18, 2014

Endangered dugong spotted just east of Henoko site

A dugong, a rare marine mammal that inhabits waters around Okinawa, was spotted about 5 km east of Henoko on Sunday, the same day as seabed surveys started before landfill operations begin at the relocation site for the U.S. Marine Corps' Air Station Futenma. A ...

U.S. Futenma base relocation hits new stumbling block: dugongs

National Sep 21, 2013

U.S. Futenma base relocation hits new stumbling block: dugongs

Dugongs, an endangered marine species, in 2012 were inhabiting the reclamation site in Okinawa chosen for the relocation of the U.S. Futenma base, the first time their presence has been confirmed there in three years, a survey by the Okinawa Defense Bureau revealed Saturday. Only ...