Last week we reported the disaster of the Solomon Trader running aground and spilling 100 tons of fuel oil into the pristine waters of the Solomon Islands.

In an update by Worldwide Diving and Sail, they stated that the main area affected is Rennell Island, which lies around 250 km/155 miles from the Solomon Islands capital of  Honiara.

The island is home to 1,200 citizens who make a living from hunting, fishing, and subsistence farming, and unfortunately, the impact of the spill on their way of life may be significant. To help cope with the disaster, teams of experts and ships from Australia have been dispatched to the area.

According to Worldwide Diving and Sail, they do not anticipate the spill having a major impact on their liveaboard operations. However, the damage to marine life and reefs could be substantial. The company will monitor the situation and will offer any assistance it can.

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