THE DONA MARIKA OIL SPILL

In August 1973, 3,000 tons of gasoline was spilled in Milford Haven (Wales) when the tanker DONA MARIKA ran aground. Since most documented oil spills in British waters have been of crude oil, there was considerable interest in the damage caused by this spillage of a refined oil product. Information is provided on behavior of gasoline in water, biological examination of the shore, sublittoral effects, Pb analyses, and reports from the general public. The leakage, which lasted for several days, severely affected the fauna of Lindsway Bay. Death of mollusks, particularly of limpets, resulted from prolonged anesthesia, or, more usually, from predation by gulls. There does not seem to have been a significant accumulation of Pb, and no obvious traces of gasoline remained on the rocks 1 week after the accident. A large growth of seaweed is to be expected following the death of large numbers of limpets, and within 4 weeks of the accident "Enteromorpha" was growing rapidly and giving the whole bay a green appearance.

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    MacMillan Journals Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Blackman, RAA
    • Baker, J M
    • Reynard, S
    • Jelly, J
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

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  • Accession Number: 00072684
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1974 12:00AM