Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Washed up dead shark to be tested, New Zealand

The remains of a shark which washed up on Motiti Island in a distressed state have been sent for testing by iwi concerned about the effects of the oil dispersant used in the Rena spill.

Maori residents on the island want to know whether compounds from the dispersant and other chemicals have entered the food chain.

They contacted Waikato University coastal science expert Chris Battershill and have sent him samples of skin, gut and liver, to see whether tests can tell Tauranga Moana iwi anything more about how fish life has been affected since the stranding.

The shark had washed up half-dead although some locals have not discounted gill netting as a reason for its condition.

A Motiti resident, who did not want to be named, spends her days on clean-up duty around the island's beaches. Read More