What happened?On October 5th 2011, the Rena, a cargo ship from New Zealand, crashed near the Bay of Plenty reef, in the north island port of Tauranga which is one of the top tourist destinations in New Zealand.
Some extra info…• The oil slick stretched out until 5km. People believe that 10tons had leaked from the ship. It was carrying 47, 000 tons of heavy fuel including 11 containers of hazardous materials. If it continues to break up it could release 1700 tons.• You can watch this video for more information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th6J6I6TVqA
As of this week, the captain of the shiphas already been charged and thepeople are still trying to clean thebeaches affected by it.
What are the effects?• The marine life at sea is endangered including corals reefs, sea beds and other areas. This oil slick is…• Damaging the immune system of birds and other animals• Interrupting the breeding season of fishes.
How does it affect us?• If the oil spills, there will be no fishing and hunting grounds will be contaminated.• There are long term effects on human beings as we can get poisoned from contaminated marine animals.
Why did I choose this topic?• I chose this topic because I care about the environment and the animals.• This piece of news caught my attention• I thought we could take a part in helping the people in News Zealand to clean the oil out.