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OS 35 Update: Clean-up makes significant progress – 221/2023

By April 11, 2023 No Comments

The Chief Scientist and CEO of the Department of the Environment Dr Liesl Mesilio has confirmed that significant progress has been made in the clean-up efforts around Gibraltar’s coastline, with Catalan Bay, Sandy Bay and Little Bay beaches now largely free of oil.

The Department of the Environment and Gibraltar Port Authority continue to work throughout the holiday weekend to mitigate the impact on Gibraltar’s waters and coastline and minimise the disruption caused to the public.

Any sightings of oiled wildlife should be reported to the Environmental Protection Officers on 58009620.

Whilst the situation remains fluid and dynamic, the easterly swell is expected to decrease this afternoon which will allow for further in-depth assessment of the environmental impact of the spill.

The situation is under continuous monitoring and Catalan Bay, Sandy Bay and Little Bay remain closed to the public. This will be reviewed on Saturday morning in light of the anticipated reduced swell and pending a shoreline assessment, and updates will be provided in due course.