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Okinawa Dugong & Proposed Airbase

Case Overview

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.

Case ID




Committee Against Heliport Construction - Save Life Society
Dugong Network Okinawa
Japan Environmental Lawyers Foundation
Save The Dugong Foundation

Case Updates

January 24, 2008 | Legal Document

Dugong Decision (1/24/08)

Judge Patel's decision on Okinawa Dugong and Department of Defense compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Court Order

Court order ruling that the US Department of Defense must consider fate of the Okinawan Dugong when considering airbase project

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Dugong Complaint

Sues the US Department of Defense over plans to construct a new heliport facility on a coral reef on the east coast of Okinawa (Nov 24, 2003)

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