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PH charges crew of ship that rammed reef

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In this photo taken April 9, 2013 and released by the Philippine Coast Guard, a Chinese fishing vessel is stranded after it ran aground on the Tubbataha reefs, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the Sulu Sea in Palawan province, southwestern Philippines. The vessel with 12 crewmen ran aground in the protected coral reef, where a U.S. Navy minesweeper got stuck and had to be dismantled recently, officials said. (AP Photo/Philippine Coast Guard) MANILA (AP) — Philippine authorities filed a poaching case and were preparing more charges against 12 detained Chinese fishermen who were aboard a vessel that ran aground in a protected coral reef.

The steel-hulled vessel strayed into the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, and struck an atoll earlier this week. The massive reef already had been damaged by a U.S. Navy ship that got stuck in January and had to be dismantled. Environmentalists argued the grounding showed the government needs to do more to protect endangered seas and biodiversity under threat from poaching and pollution.

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