New Oil Slick in Egypt Threatens Red Sea Coral Reef

coral reef, oil spill, oil slick, Egypt, Ras Mohammad National Park, Red Sea, Marine Reserve, SinaiThis coral reef in Egypt is threatened by a new oil slick, according to local reports.

Ecologists have discovered a new 300 meter oil slick in the Red Sea just outside of El-Tor, according to WReporter. Quoting Youm 7, the paper claims that the spill threatens coral reefs in the Ras Muhammad National Park Marine Reserve and could spread to the popular diving spot Sharm el-Sheikh.

Adil Kassab, head of crisis management in the governorate of South Sinai, told Youm 7 that scholars are working on locating and eliminating the source of oil. South Sinai Governor Khaled Foda has created a commission to investigate the new oil slick, according to reports.

We contacted Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Organization (HEPCA), but the relevant person wasn’t available to comment.

:: WReporter

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