The three kilometre oil slick along Fujairah’s coastline today was described as ‘massive’, ‘significant’, ‘the biggest spill yet’ and ‘too big’.
People interviewed by The National reporter indicated that ‘minor slicks were common’ and ‘it happens almost every day’.
This new oil slick has killed marine life, put a stop to beach and marine recreation and will again cause hotels and diving clubs to feel the financial strain.
The magnitude of this spill is enormous and tragic. The regularity of the slicks is another sign of the impotence of the systems for surveillance and policing.
Some practical solutions have been recommended again and again but the action by the authorities has been ineffective.
Source: ‘Oil Spills Blacken Fujairah,’ The National, 2 June 2008.
Dr. Geoff Pound
Image: Recent Oil Slick on Fujairah beach.
Further 2008 Articles:
UAE Negligent in Policing Fujairah waters, FIF, 2 April 2008
Further oil Spills Call for Urgent Action, FIF, 11 March 2008
Oil Damages Fujairah Beaches, Marine Life and Tourism, FIF, 20 February 2008