Naval Forces West via Reuters
Twelve Chinese fishermen were charged with poaching offenses on Wednesday after their vessel ran aground on Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Philippines. According to the Philippines' GMA News, the fishermen could face up to 12 years in prison under Filipino law.
The USS Guardian, a U.S. Navy minesweeper, was grounded on the same reef in January.
Philippine Coast Guard via Reuters
A member of the Philippine Coast Guard, left, talks to Chinese fishermen aboard their vessel on April 9, 2013.
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A protester donning a snorkel and holding placards attends a rally in front of the Chinese consular office in the financial district of Manila on April 10, 2013, after a Chinese fishing vessel ran aground off Tubbataha reef, around 1,000 miles from China's nearest major landmass.