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Why This Matters: It is unbelievably challenging to clean up an oil spill of this magnitude — just ask anyone who stood on the beaches in Louisiana mopping up oil after the Deepwater Horizon spill. The impacts of a disaster like this are long-lasting and those who are responsible must be held fully accountable. This spill puts at risk the country’s tourism economy — nearly 1.4 million people visited last year before COVID halted it. How is it that 30 years later Exxon Valdez could happen again?
“This oil spill occurred in one of, if not the most, sensitive areas in Mauritius,” Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, and oceanographer and environmental engineer reportedly told Reuters. “We are talking of decades to recover from this damage, and some of it may never recover.” Jean Hugues Gardenne, of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, told The Guardian that “The conservation work carried out on Ile aux Aigrettes for nearly four decades is at stake.” He added, “The local communities relying on fishing to earn a living are heavily affected … Mangroves, corals and marine ecosystem are affected and the impact on tourism, a pillar of our economy, will be huge.”
What You Can Do: The Mauritius Wildlife Foundation and Eco Sud, two local NGOs, are collecting and managing emergency relief funds. And they need lawyers to help them receive the compensation they deserve. Email email@example.com if you are a lawyer and want to help.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Today marks the last day of Capitol Hill Ocean Week. Don’t miss today’s talks on justice and equity as well as the CHOW Closing Plenary. Yesterday, experts got busy discussing international policy, inclusivity, and uplifting communities. Global ocean policy will play a significant role in halting catastrophic temperature rise, but we must […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Today kicks of Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2021 (CHOW), an annual, three-day event organized by the National Marine Sanctuary foundation that encourages activists worldwide to engage in dialogue about sustaining the health of our oceans and Great Lakes. This year, CHOW hopes to shine a light on the role of environmental justice and […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Capitol Hill Ocean Week is in full swing, and panelists from the government, private sector, and nonprofits are bringing their expertise to discuss significant issues facing our oceans and coastal communities. Yesterday, food security and justice were on the table, and panelists dove into incorporating traditional fisheries management strategies […]
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