Gem Manufacturing Pleads Guilty to Coral Charges



U.S. Virgin Islands jewelry maker Gem Manufacturing reached a plea agreement on May 26 on charges of importing prohibited black coral. The company will pay a $2.5 million fine, part of which goes to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of ­Natural History, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the University of the Virgin Islands Marine and Environmental Studies program. It will also implement a tracking program for its coral stock.