Concern in the Philippines – Large oil spill threatens biodiversity hotspot


An oil slick off the Philippines has spread over an area of ​​about 10,000 km², threatening one of the most biodiverse marine habitats in the world. Some of the black oil has washed up off Isla Verde and Coast Guard units have been deployed to contain environmental damage.

Isla Verde (Green Island) is located in a strait between the islands of Mindoro and Luzon with Manila as its capital. The Strait of Isla Verde is considered one of the most species-rich marine habitats of all.

The oil leaked from the ship “Princess Empress”, which sank about 100 miles south of Manila at the end of February with 800,000 liters of industrial oil on board. In addition to Isla Verde, parts of the southern provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Antique and Palawan were also affected, according to the marine conservation organization Oceana Philippines. The oil threatens the livelihoods and health of about 150,000 people and causes major environmental damage.

Source: Krone


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