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Reef Damage - Update
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: taz hamrick (
Date:   01-26-09 07:37

Well, they were back on Saturday 24 January..Sea Dream 1 and instead of anchoring where their 'concession' says to anchor they were...yep you guessed it right back on Culebrita! I dove under the ship and witnessed a scene of carnage I hope never to see again. The anchor (thankfully) was not on the reef, but the anchor chain was grinding away, chewing big holes in whatever coral heads were in the way..What's it going to take folks? Officer Costello from FWS went out to the ship. However, since they were in preparation to leave anyway.....Maybe its time some of us here 'get ignorant' with these cruise ship folks, cause it appears they just aint listening...When they were ferrying their passengers back to the ship from the beach I was telling the passengers the ship was killing the reef. Their response, was a "Really?"...You can see how 'concerned' they would be..I would welcome any ideas, cause folks, they are not going to stop until something is done...

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Re: Reef Damage - Update
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: Jeannie G3 (
Date:   01-26-09 13:22

Hola! How about going to the press? The Boricuas that have problems on the island and have found little or no help from government agencies voice their problems to reporters and newspapers that serve as the people's voice. Someone you can also call is Luis Francisco Ojeda from the radio station WKAQ 580 AM, 787-758-5800. I hear the him on radio station all the time and he has helped many. He is also pro- environment and I'm sure he will be curious as to how these cruises obtained their permits and that no one is supervising their activities. Ojeda is also on the WAPA 4 channel station and has a similar section on the mid day program, the number to call to voice your dilemma is 787-625-4500. Buena Suerte! Happy travels! J


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Re: Reef Damage - Update
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: April Krebs (
Date:   01-30-09 10:53

Dear Taz,
Thanks for letting us know what is going on. I have emailed everyone I know and asked them to email everyone they know to do what you asked, maybe with a little effort from all of us we can protect the reef we all love.

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Re: Reef Damage - Update
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: richard (
Date:   01-31-09 04:08

If one feels strongly, do a Google on Sea Dream 1 and make comments - given the heightened eco-awareness, it won't reflect well.

first sites sparked: Conde Nast; CruiseCritic; CruiseReviews

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