Oil spill : Forest and Bird active in cleanup
On October 5 the container ship Rena struck the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga, spilling around 350 tonnes of oil into the sea.
This coastline is home to a rich array of seabirds, shorebirds, whales, dolphins and fur seals. The effect on the surrounding wildlife will no doubt be devastating – and will last for years to come, as the oil spreads throughout the food web.
In this section, we outline some of the wildlife that can be found in this area, the effects on the individual species and how you can help.
Wildlife Distribution map
Forest and Bird blog http://blog.forestandbird.org.nz/tarred-and-feathered/
Oil spill volunteers http://www.boprc.govt.nz/oilspillvolunteers/