Back in February 5 of this year a 9,600 ton cruiser name the USS Port Royal damaged coral colonies when it ran aground. It was freed four days later but not after destroying and displacing coral colonies which some were as large as cars. Damage to the reef covers an area estimated to be up to 10 acres. Thankfully civilian divers have reattached some 2,000 coral colonies off Honolulu International Airport’s Reef Runway from the mess the USS Port Royal left. “The contractors are making steady progress collecting and reattaching coral colonies,” said Rear Adm. Joseph Walsh, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. “While that work continues, we are preparing for the next phase of work, removal of rubble from the seabed.” There is no report on how much the work is costing as a large part of it is being done by volunteers.