Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen’s Super Yacht Destroyed Protected Coral Reef

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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 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.

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