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Mauritius Oil Spill

On July 25, 2020, the bulk carrier ship MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef offshore of Pointe d’Esny, Mauritius. Over the following weeks the ship began to leak fuel oil and as of August 10, an estimated 1,000 metric tons of oil had spilled into the waters. A huge clean-up operation has been launched from the shore with many local people volunteering to help. Mauritius is a biodiversity hotspot with a high concentration of plants and animals unique to the region. It is home to 1,700 species including around 800 types of fish, 17 kinds of marine mammals and two species of turtles. The coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves make Mauritius waters extraordinarily rich in biodiversity.

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