5,400 coral colonies reattached by Navy


POSTED: Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Navy says it reattached 5,400 coral colonies and removed 250 cubic yards of rubble in the largest and most expensive reef stabilization it has ever undertaken about a half-mile off the Honolulu Airport's Reef Runway.

The $7 million project was launched after the Pearl Harbor-based cruiser USS Port Royal ran aground on Feb. 5, authorities said.

The ship was freed on Feb. 9 and remains under repair at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

The state asked the Navy to perform the emergency work to salvage surviving live coral and stabilize the reef.