National Institute of Ocean Technology has come up with an eco-friendly mechanism to fight oil-spills in seas and oceans. Scientists devised a crude-oil bioremediation technology, which uses a group of marine-microbes wheat bran inactivated on agro-residue bacterial cells. Reportedly, the hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria uses petroleum products as its energy source. The study further found immobilized bacteria had a more efficient oil-degrading… read-more
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Atleast 38 dolphins have died till August 28 on the island of Mauritius near the oil spill site. The spill was caused by a Japanese ship, MV Wakashio, that hit a coral reef on July 25, and started leaking oil after a week. A government official from the Fisheries Ministry, Jasvin Sok Appadu, said, "I can confirm we have so far found the carcasses of 38 dolphins."
The Japanese carrier which ran onto a coral reef off Mauritius on July 25, is feared to have set-off a major ecological crisis. At least 1000 tons of oil is said to have been leaked into the Indian Ocean. Reportedly, the carrier had passed through the annual inspection in Japan. "The ship has now stopped leaking oil, but the nation must brace itself for worst case scenario," said Mauritius PM.
Courtesy: The Indian Express