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Decision to be made on coral reef damage

A decision has not yet been made about whether government will seek compensation for damage caused to coral reefs by cruise ships docked off Barbados.

However, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, says there is photographic evidence that chains from the ships’ anchors have affected the reefs.

Minister Symmonds says several factors will come in to play in determining whether this was caused by negligence.

These include whether the ships were maintaining the position recommended by the Harbour Master.

Minister Symmonds also believes it’s time the cruise sector must consider how it can help preserve the region’s marine environment.

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