GUAM PROJECT TO PROTECT CORAL REEFS

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AGANA, Guam (June30, 1998 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---The University of Guam’s Marine Laboratory has received a $US 30,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior to research growing coral under controlled conditions for sale to tourists as souvenirs and hobbyists who maintain tropical fish tanks.

The project’s primary goal of the project is to keep divers from picking Guam’s living ocean coral.

According to Guam Governor Carl T. C. Gutierrez and Allen Stayman, Director of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs in Washington, the project actually has two simultaneous benefits. Not only will it protect coral reefs, they say, it also will encourage small business development.

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