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Conservationist in Mauritius offers dire forecast on oil spill

  • August 13, 2020
  • , NHK
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NHK took up a projection by a conservationist in Mauritius on the extent of damage to the marine environment caused by the massive oil spill from a Japanese cargo ship in the island state. Vikash Tatayah, Assistant Treasurer of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, reportedly estimated that it could take several decades to restore the damage to the environment caused by the accident. The official explained that as the spill took place just two kilometers from a sanctuary designated for protection of the marine ecosystem, he has witnessed a number of fish and other organisms dying as a result of the pollution. He called on the operator of the vessel and the Japanese government to provide financial, technical, and other assistance to not only remove the oil but also restore the ecosystem.

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