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Post Shipping Effluent on Island of Wight
Created by John Eipper on 02/25/19 10:26 AM

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Shipping Effluent on Island of Wight (John Heelan, UK, 02/25/19 10:26 am)

Cameron Sawyer (February 25th) quotes MARPOL as a protection against effluents discharged from cruise ships.

As always, one should also look at the impact of those effluents on holiday areas, especially given the many excellent beaches that the Island boats. However, the evidence is that the kite-mark for such beaches (the Award of a Blue Flag qualification guaranteeing clean water and other safety measures) is that Island beaches have failed the award tests over the last two years and no Blue Flags have been awarded. Part of this is due to the local authority no longer seeking such cleanliness awards.

Cameron is correct that much of the pollution arrives from the mainland via very long outflows--a pollution that is threatening the Solent oyster beds and maritime conservation areas. The local water company (Southern Water) published a report recently on the steps it is taking to reduce pollution.

As Cameron correctly points out, recreational boats (and residential houseboats) are not compelled to have anti-pollution measures. As a result, our local harbour suffers badly on this measure with daily evidence of pollution winding up on pristine beaches.

JE comments:  John, do you mean "boats" or "boasts (of)"?  Both are clearly the case for your beautiful island, if we take "boats" here as a verb.

Another question:  are there (permanent) houseboats on the Isle of Wight, Sausalito-style?  If they pump their filth into the water, that must get quite nasty.

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