7. The long-term Consequences

7.1 The Consequences for the Wildlife

 The disastrous consequences that developed out of the whole incident are wide- spread and not yet assessable. I have already mentioned the fact that the whole marine wild life has been seriously affected, from its smaller forms such as cockles, mussels, starfish and sea anemones to the large sea birds, seals and dolphins.51 Fauna in rock pools along the shore was killed off completely. The research of the Countryside Council for Wales shows clearly that the population of seabirds has declined greatly. The Marine Conservation Society reported 1035 dead birds and 2831 oiled birds that received treatment. It is estimated that up to 20,000 birds must have died, but as most of them died at sea, their deaths are unrecorded. The most affected species were the guillemots and the razorbills, also shags and cormorants, mainly those of South Pembrokeshire. For example about 3,400 fewer guillemots bred there in 1996 than the year before.52

51 cf. The Sea Empress Disaster, at: WWW-Homepage http://www.widemedia.com/fix/empress.html  (ref. doc. n 8)
52 cf. Countryside Council for Wales, Summer 96 Issue 15, at:Homepage http://www.gov.uk/ad/ad14.htm  (ref. doc. n 9)

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