A marine biologist says the fuel spill in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve late last week couldn’t have come at a worse time.
A tour group with Molly Bawn Whale-Puffin Tours was half a mile off Tinkers Point in Mobile Bay when tour guide Jeannine Winkel says they came across a two-mile-long fuel slick in the water. It was near Green Island in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.
Biologist Bill Montevecchi says there is a buffer that ships have to abide by, so the ship that ran aground on Green Island should never have been there in the first place. The ecological reserve is a provincially-designated sensitive zone to protect seabirds such as murres and puffins.
He commends tour operators such as Molly Bawn for being vigilant. He wants to see charges laid against the ship that spilled the fuel.