The complex treatment of the tar disaster off the coast of Israel is expected to continue for a long time to come. This emerges from a situation assessment that took place today inNature and Parks Authority, Among other things, based on information collected on a special observation flight carried out today by the Authority. According to the latest situation of the Nature and Parks Authority, it is clear that the beaches are still dirty and polluted with tar, especially in the northern area and on the rocky surfaces of the beaches, where the cleaning and removal work of the tar is more complex.
According to the Nature and Parks Authority, it will take a long time to clean and remove the tar pollution from the beaches and rocky areas, including the fencing tables that are habitats for a variety of animal species. In addition, it is evident that currently the tar cover in the sand strips is mainly in relatively small lumps (the size of coins) throughout the area, which also makes it difficult to clean and remove the tar and requires extensive and strenuous scans throughout the sand area.
The tar disaster on the shores of Israel / Photo: Shaul Goldstein, Director General of the Nature and Parks Authority
This is how the situation is expressed in the area, in the hotspots: in the Rosh Hanikra Nature Reserve and Achziv National Park it is noticeable that most of the sandy area is relatively clean of large lumps of tar, but at the same time the rocky area is still very polluted
In the nature reserves of Shikmona, Bat Galim and Habonim, it is evident that the sandy area is relatively clean of large blocks, but the rocky and more complex area for cleaning is still very polluted. In the Tel Dor and Beit Yanai National Parks and the Gador Reserve, it is evident that most of the sandy area and even the rocky areas were mostly cleared of the large tar blocks.
In the Hof Hasharon National Park, most of the sandy area is still covered with tar, as is the rocky area. In the Palmachim Beach National Park, a significant part of the sandy area has not yet been cleaned and cleared of tar, and the rocky area is still very polluted. On the shores of the Ashkelon National Park, about half of the beach area has been cleaned so far, and in the Nitzanim and Zikim reserves there are still large sandy areas left for cleaning from the tar.
The Nature and Parks Authority was held today with reinforced teams of inspectors and employees of the Nature and Parks Authority and in combination with hundreds of volunteers and organized groups, including IDF units, to continue cleaning and restoring the beaches under its responsibility in national parks and nature reserves throughout the country from north to south. Information and absorption of volunteers in the coastal areas of the nature reserves and national parks where the volunteers were instructed and equipped with auxiliary and protective equipment such as: gloves, respirators, galoshes, albed suits, rakes, shovels and bags for collecting tar and waste.
Beach cleaning and restoration operations after the tar disaster / Photo: Shaul Goldstein, Director General of the Nature and Parks Authority
Meanwhile, a system for managing and coordinating the volunteering of groups was launched on the website of the Nature and Parks Authority, which will assist the Nature and Parks Authority in managing the volunteers’ inquiries and placing them effectively in the relevant sectors over the coming period. For details and registration for volunteering by organized groups, visit the authority’s website.
One of the most significant ecological hazards in the history of the country
While many in the public have volunteered in recent days for the complex cleaning task, at the request of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, a publication ban was imposed today on the investigation of the tar disaster that befell Israeli shores in court. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/tar-disaster-the-beaches-are-still-dirty-and-polluted-the-treatment-will-last-a-long-time.html
The order prohibits the publication of any detail of the details of the investigation, and any detail that could identify the suspects, including the name of the vessel, the ports of origin and the destination to which he made his way, the details of the cargo he carried or the route.
Globes intends to file a motion to revoke or reduce the restraining order, believing that the public has the right to be a full partner in a transparent proceeding concerning one of the most significant ecological hazards in the country’s history. In the disaster, which hit Israel on Wednesday last week, tar was emitted to about 170 km of shore, and contaminated animal habitats, leaving turtles, winged animals and fish lifeless. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/tar-disaster-the-beaches-are-still-dirty-and-polluted-the-treatment-will-last-a-long-time.html
The sea is forbidden in bathing after a warning from the Ministry of Health, and the bathing season It is questionable now, as the cleaning craft is very complex, and may take a long time.
The investigation is currently underway at the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s National Environmental Protection Unit and the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s Green Police.
According to information released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection on Saturday, preliminary information was received from the European Agency EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) and REMPEC from Malta (Regional Center for Response to Marine Pollution in the Mediterranean) on the possibility of identifying an oil spill that occurred on February 11 as a result of ship emissions Ashkelon area, about 50 kilometers from the shores of Israel.
This suspicious spot, located outside Israel’s territorial waters, was detected by satellite, and was examined by the Ministry of Environmental Protection as a possible source of pollution, using a model to predict sea movement. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/tar-disaster-the-beaches-are-still-dirty-and-polluted-the-treatment-will-last-a-long-time.html
The results of the model show a good fit to the source and its connection to the tar blocks emitted in recent days on the beaches – both in terms of time and in terms of the space affected. At this stage, the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s inspection raises the possibility of associating at least 10 ships that have passed in time and place that are suitable for the formation of the oil stain.
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