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HSH Prince Albert II’s visit to the Gulf of Mexico

As part of His trip to the United States, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco went to the Gulf of Mexico on Friday 6 August, 2010.

After the explosion last 20 April on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the Prince wished to visit the site to see for Himself the damage to the environment and measure in particular the impact of this ecological disaster on the region's fisheries and food industry.

Onboard a vessel accompanied by a coastguard, the Sovereign observed cleanup operations conducted by the different players present and paid tribute to the quality of the work undertaken to protect the coast and marine ecosystem from the most gigantic oil spill in US history.

He also spoke with State elected officials, scientists and representatives of the Louisiana food industry, who described the economic challenges facing them in dealing with the oil spill.

Following permanent sealing of the well responsible for the spill and despite the uncertainties linked to the long-term consequences of this disaster, the Sovereign expressed optimism for the region thanks to the fantastic work accomplished by the scientific community, declaring: “I would like to take the opportunity of my visit to thank and congratulate all the players involved in the operations for constant monitoring of the marine flora and fauna and protecting the zone's very rich biodiversity. I hope their daunting task will be crowned with success in a very near future.”

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