Microsoft cofounder, Paul Allen is under fire today because the anchor chain on his 300-foot super yacht is being blamed for heavy damage to a huge swath of protected coral in the Cayman Islands.
According to a report by the Cayman News Service, almost 14,000-square-feet of coral reef in the West Bay replenishment zone was destroyed by the yacht, named Tatoosh, confirmed by an in-water survey recently conducted by divers for the Department of Environment.
The statement also, ironically, touts some of Allen’s recent conservation efforts, including a project announced in 2015 to protect and replenish coral reefs.
The Department of Environment reports that Allen was not on board the yacht when the damage occurred two weeks ago. A department representative told CNN that fines for the damage could total $600,000 with additional civil damages possibly added to that.
Vulcan released an statement:
— Vulcan Inc. (@VulcanInc) January 27, 2016
Vulcan and Microsoft, Allen is also the founder of Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum and is the owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers.