Oil spill near Chennai leaves beaches blackened, livelihood of fishermen at stake

The Coast Guard's Pollution Response Force - along with pollution control bard, fire and rescue officials -have started a cleaning operation using submersible pumps

Oil spill near Chennai leaves beaches blackened, livelihood of fishermen at stake

After two ships' collision at Ennore port, outside Chennai on Saturday, an oil spill along the coastline is polluting several beaches including the historic Marina. The damage seems to be extensive as the spill has already polluted many beaches even 25 kilometres away.

The Coast Guard's Pollution Response Force - along with pollution control bard, fire and rescue officials -have started a cleaning operation using submersible pumps. However, the oil slick has already started affecting the livelihood of the locals.


According to NDTV, fishermen in Ennore are not able to go fishing. They also quoted one fisherman, Ranjith as saying, "The net does not get into the water as the oil floats on the surface. How do we catch fish."

Consumers are reportedly worried about the quality of fish.

"Those who know us, buy from us with confidence. But we cannot say the same about others. They are afraid. They ask and we try to explain,"
NDTV
quoted a fisherwoman.

"Lots of species are going to die. We have, so far, seen only one-fourth of the total estimated species. The damage would also be going vertically down, affecting our coastal fish eco-system," said Sujirtha Titus, an environmental academician.

The officials said they have served notice to the captains of both the ships and added that it would take at least three days to remove the oil. The Coast Guard also says the spill - around 200 litres - is limited to 1,500 square metres.