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Okinawa Dugong & Proposed Airbase

The Latest On: Okinawa Dugong & Proposed Airbase

October 21, 2003 | Case

Okinawa Dugong & Proposed Airbase

The American military is trying to force the Japanese government to build a new airbase on a reef used by endangered dugong (cousin to the Florida manatee) for feeding and resting. In January 2008, a federal judge ruled against the Department of Defense, ordering the DoD to consider the impact of the base on the dugong's habitat.