Three oil slicks in the Arabian Gulf are threatening to wash up on the shores of Fujairah, local fishermen say. They are concerned by an increase in the number of slicks since the start of the year after an apparent reduction in previous months.
In this last year there were over 15 incidents of oil dumping off the Fujairah coast.
There are ample reports about the growth of the oil industry in the emirate of Fujairah. There is an urgent need for the public to hear more about the surveillance and fining systems that Fujairah and Sharjah authorities are putting into place to stop oil dumping in the future which creates havoc for the marine environment, hotels and diving companies.
For the details of this tragedy follow this link:
Hugh Naylor, Illegal Dumping Suspected as Oil Slicks Sighted off Fujairah, The National, 1 March 2009.
Dr Geoff Pound
Image: Previous scenes of oil washed up on Fujairah beaches.