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Pacific prepares for oil spill catastrophe

Pacific prepares for oil spill catastrophe

Updated 2 October 2012, 10:41 AEST

Training in Maritime Oil Spill and Emergency Preparedness opened at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Apia, Samoa today.

Marine pollution is widely recognised as one of the four major threats to the world's oceans, along with climate change, habitat destruction and over-exploitation of living marine resources.

Oil spill incidents have occurred around the globe, including the Pacific region. In 2009 the Pacific Adventurer spilt 240 tonnes of bunker fuel off the Coast of Queensland, Australia. In 2009 an estimated 4,000 to 30,000 tonnes of crude oil was spilt in the East Timor Sea in the Montara oil field. And just recently in 2011 the vessel Rena spilt an unknown amount of oil off Astrolabe Reef in New Zealand.

Pollution from ships, spills of oil and other chemicals, garbage disposal, sewage and ballast water discharge are some of the ways in which the marine bio-diversity and ecosystems are being affected.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Anthony Talouli, Pollution Adviser at SPREP

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