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Okinawa Dugong & Proposed Airbase

Case Number # 24620

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.

Press Releases

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Species considered cultural icon by Okinawan people
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
New plan does not guarantee survival of endangered marine mammal
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Species considered cultural icon by Okinawan people
Tuesday, September 7, 2004
New airbase would destroy essential dugong habitat
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Lawsuit filed to halt US airbase construction in ocean waters off Okinawa, Japan, that would destroy the habitat of endangered dugong (seacow)