Mauritius oil spill threatens fisheries
Dead fish appear following oil spill
MAURITIUS: News reports suggest that the Panama-flagged bulk carrier MV Wakashio that is currently causing a major oil spill off the coast of Mauritius will undoubtedly impact on fishing as dead fish are already being encountered.
Conservation director at Mauritius Wildlife Foundation was quoted in a Moneyweb report: “We are starting to see dead fish. We are starting to see animals like crabs covered in oil, we are starting to see seabirds covered in oil, including some which could not be rescued."
The Minister of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Sudheer Maudhoo has requested help from a number of international organisations including the United Nations, European Union and foreign friendly countries, such as Australia, France, India, Japan and South Africa through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade.
Making a statement yesterday, Maudhoo a preliminary enquiry into the grounding may be held. The Deputy Director of Shipping would be designated to conduct a preliminary inquiry to look into the circumstances that led to the grounding of the MV Wakashio. After analysis of the preliminary inquiry report thereafter the aforesaid Court of Investigation will be appointed, he added.