Massive oil spill hits Manila Bay
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A huge oil spill shut down parts of Metro Manila's vital fishing industry yesterday, jeopardizing the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people living along Manila Bay's diesel coated coast. Dead fish floated on the water and some residents fell ill from the fumes, as authorities said an estimated 500,000 liters of oil cast a slick across 20 kilometers of the coastline. "Many of our young and elderly residents are getting sick," Marcos Solis, the captain of a fishing village near the worst of the oil spill, told AFP. “The price of fish and shellfish has also collapsed. Even those who fish far out to sea are affected because the fish smell the oil and swim away.”
Ozaeta, A., Macairan, E., Gatdula, D., Felipe, C. S., Crisostomo, S., & Amoroso, E. (2013, August 10). Massive oil spill hits Manila Bay. The Philippine Star, pp. 1, 6.
Oil spills; Fishery industry; Livelihoods; Public health; Environmental protection; Governments; Shellfish; Environmental restoration; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Department of Health (DOH); Shipping and Transport Corp.; Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya); Solis, Marcos; Garcia, Joel; Perez, Asis; Casenillo, Avelino; Rafael, Alexander; Tayag, Eric; Ricafrente, Jose
- The Philippine Star