Christmas Island ship breaks in half

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Subject: Christmas Island ship breaks in half
From: Chris Gregory <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:25:17 +1100
Bad news from CI.

The highly damaging heavy bunker oil leaking from the ship will have a
"disastrous" environmental impact on threatened sea birds and the coral
band that rings the island, Dr Nic Dunlop, an environmental scientist with
The Conservation Council of WA who specialises in sea birds, has warned.

Most at risk are sea bird populations that breed on Christmas Island such
as the Brown Booby and Brown Noddy, Abbotts Booby and Frigate Bird.

The rare Abbott’s Booby does not breed anywhere else in the world, Dr
Dunlop said.

There are populations of about 1000 to 2000 of these threatened species on
the island.

Chris Gregory

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