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Oil spill in Tamil Nadu’s Ennore affects fishermen

Fearing contamination of local fish, the customers have gone to markets elsewhere and which affected fishermen’s earning.


Published: 05th June 2017 07:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th June 2017 07:43 PM   |  A+A-

Fishermen's livelihood affected

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Four-months after three coastal villages bore the brunt of the Ennore oil spill, fishermen there now have to make do with vastly reduced livelihoods. Fearing contamination of local fish, their customers have gone to markets elsewhere and fishermen’s earnings have fallen to a fraction of what they used to be.

The cleanup crews finished clearing the seafront of the sludge from the oil spill, but for the people of Kasivishwanatha Kuppam, Kasivisalatchipuram and Periya Kasi Koil Kuppam, 25 km from Chennai, the effects of the oil spill are an everyday reality.

The people of these three villages converge at the Bharatiyar Nagar beach from where they set out to fish and sell their catch every morning. The beach was the impact epicentre of the Ennore oil spill on January 28, the result of a collision out at sea between two merchant carriers, MT Dawn Kancheepuram and the MT BW Maple.

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