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Maharashtra: Fishermen raise concern over oil being washed ashore off Raigad and Ratnagiri coast by Virat A Singh June 14,2019   |  Source: DNA India

Large quantities of oil being washed ashore along Raigad and Ratnagiri coasts on Thursday have raised concern among environmentalists and fishermen. Strong tidal currents and winds formed in the Arabian sea due to cyclone Vayu are to blame, they claim. "After being informed about it by fishermen, I myself went to check the scenario. It was not typically dark black oil, but more of crude oil that was seen floating on waves," said Ganesh Nakhawa, chairman of Purse Seine Fishing Welfare Association, adding that the situation and the impact of the oil on beaches and coast would become clearer in a few days time, but as of now the situation appears to be grim. Mumbai too seemed to have been not been spared as large quantities of plastic bottles soaked in oil were thrown back on the shore by the sea near the Gateway of India.

Pradip Patade, co-founder of Marine Life Of Mumbai (MLOM) who has been documenting marine life along Mumbai for several years now said that the rough sea regularly ends up throwing back huge quantities of trash and plastic near the Gateway of India. "During monsoons, the wind moves shorewards, washing ashore oils and tar balls," he said adding that oil or tar balls have not washed up along Mumbai's beaches so far.

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