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Billionaire emphasises conservation credentials, but still denies fault in reef damage incident

Microsoft co-founder, billionaire Paul Allen stressed his conservation credentials in a new statement on the Tatoosh reef damage investigation from his company, Vulcan Inc.

The Department of Environment told Cayman 27 it’s “highly likely” the 300-foot vessel and its anchor chain caused nearly 14,000 sq/ft of damage to a coral reef near the Doc Poulson wreck on Cayman’s West side earlier this month.

Cayman 27 caught wind of the incident on January 14th, and filmed Tatoosh in the West Bay replenishment zone from an nearby beach the same day.

Mr. Allen’s company detailed its commitment to ocean conservation in this statement:

“Through his longtime philanthropic and scientific endeavors, Paul G. Allen is a global leader in supporting ocean health. Earlier this year, he announced support for cutting-edge research designed to stabilize and restore coral reefs,” the statement read in part.

However, the billionaire is not yet accepting responsibility for the damage. The same statement re-emphasised Vulcan’s position that the crew of the Tatoosh anchored explicitly where directed by Port Authority.

Cayman 27 understands a meeting between the DOE and Vulcan, Mr. Allen’s company, took place late last week.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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  • We need to be practical and build proper docking facilities for Yachts and cruise ships. If we keep procrastinating we will keep destroying more reefs .
    I don’t believe its this Capt. fault the blame should be put on the Gov’t fault for not having the proper infrastructure.

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