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Oil spill hurting city fishermen, too

September 4, 2006

By DAVID ISRAEL SINAY

ILOILO City – Not only the fishermen of Guimaras are suffering from low fish catch because of the oil spill. Their counterparts in this city are hurting, too.

Fishermen from Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo District here said they used to earn P3,000 daily before the oil spill. Their earnings dropped since the spill began on August 11. Fishes tend to shy away from contaminated water.

Thursday last week, oil globules have been spotted in the waters and shores of Arevalo. Some 6.8 kilometers of the seafood restaurant belt here are at risk of being contaminated with spilled bunker fuel oil from MT Solar 1.

Residents said blobs of oil could be seen along the shorelines of Molo Boulevard all the way to Villa Beach and Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur.

The scattered blobs of oil are not as pronounced as those found in Guimaras and measure about one to two inches in diameter.

The seafood restaurant belt, popularly known as Villa Beach, is lined with resorts and seafood restaurants.

(For the full story, click Panay News, Sept. 4, 2006.)

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