First Shipping Conviction in American Samoa Protects Reefs
Source: Radio Australia News
April 13, 2011
"The US Justice Department says its first conviction in American Samoa against a shipping company for polluting its waters is a big milestone in protecting the Pacific's environment.
Earlier in April, the Koo's Shipping Company of Taiwan, was fined $US1 million after pleading guilty to knowingly discharging oily bilge waste into Pago Pago Harbor.
The US Justice Department lawyer, Kenneth Nelson, says $US250,000 of the fine has been allocated to coral reef restoration projects in American Samoa."
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