Now that the MV Marathassa, the ship responsible for this month’s massive oil spill in Vancouver’s English Bay, has left local waters, the impact on marine life is still being measured.
Preliminary test results are ‘unclear at this time.’
Scientists with the Ocean Pollution Research Program at the Vancouver Aquarium took nearly 40 samples of water, sand, mussels and oily material in the days after what many local mayors are referring to as a disaster.
The key is determining the toxicity of the April 8th spill involving at least 27-hundred litres of fuel.
The initial analysis found ‘moderate concentrations’ of heavy (polycyclic aromatic) hydrocarbons at area beaches including Ambleside in West Vancouver and Stanley Park during low and high tide.
More samples are being collected and detailed test results are expected next week.
A long-term monitoring plan is also in the works.