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Oil spill drifted to Kalbadevi, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra?
An intertidal beach of Kalabdevi, Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, west coast of India is very rich in diverse benthic fauna. This helps in sustaining coastal demersal fishery in the region. Migratory birds frequent this place to feed themselves on the available fauna.
Dr Baban Ingole
, a senior scientist from NIO, along with other team members, was on a field trip to this area to collect data for Environmental Impact Assessment of the Placer Mining during 6-9 April 2005. They noticed large-scale oil spreading over 5 kmstretch of the beach on 8 April followed by tar ball formation on the morning of 9 April 2005. The source of the oil is unknown probably washing of oil tanker offshore or drift of the spilled oil elsewhere to this place. It is feared that this may have large-scale impact on the coastal biodiversity and on the traditional fishery (molluscan as well as other coastal fishery). Select photographs taken by Dr Ingole and his team members are reproduced here.
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