Seafood safe despite oil spill: govt
CHENNAI: A state government report has said that seafood from Ernavur, Kasimedu and Ennore, the places affected by the oil slick since two ships collided on January 28, "is fit for human consumption."
The "abnormal" smell of petroleum is not present in the samples said the report, submitted to the Southern bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The samples included the categories of finfish, crustaceans (prawns, crabs, lobsters, shrimps and crayfish) and molluscs (squids, scallops, snails and oysters).
It also said the death of 52 olive ridley turtles, reported since the collission, "could have happened due to other reasons also." While the concentration of some petroleum pollutants was below detectable levels, the oil and grease values at some polluted spots were within the prescribed limit for harbour water, it added.