What Long-Term Impacts Will Mauritius's Oil Spill Have?

Mauritius' ecosystems have been put at even greater risk since the bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on 25 July, crashing into a reef. The oil spill's long-term impacts on the island nation's fragile ecosystems will take years to fully comprehend, writes Deutsche Welle. The environmental disaster may also strain relations with Japan, with the asian nation asked to pay 3.6 billion yen (€28.5 billion, U.S.$34 million) to support local fishermen.


The Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve, home to rare species, is only two kilometres away from the Wakashio ship leaking oil in Mauritius' lagoons.

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