BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Greenpeace fined for reef damage: "Environmental group Greenpeace has been fined almost $7,000 (Â£4,000) for damaging a coral reef at a World Heritage site in the Philippines.
Their flagship Rainbow Warrior II ran aground at Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, in the Sulu Sea, 650km (400 miles) south-east of Manila.
Park officials said almost 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) of reef had been damaged.
Greenpeace agreed to pay the fine, but blamed the accident on outdated maps provided by the Philippines government.
'The chart indicated we were a mile and a half' from the coral reef when the ship ran aground, regional Greenpeace official Red Constantino told AFP news agency.
'This accident could have been avoided if the chart was accurate,' he said, adding, however, that Greenpeace felt 'responsible' for the damage."
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