Fishermen and Friends of the Sea president Gary Aboud right with the president of the Carli Bay Fishing Association Imtiaz Khan left, and Programme Director, FFOS, Lisa Premchand, show members of the media the two pelicans that were rescued yesterday at Claxton Bay. The birds will be taken to the Wildlife and Environmental Protection of T&T for treatment.

Paria Fuel Trading Company Limited said yesterday that a leak along a 12-inch crude pipeline in Pointe-a-Pierre was the source of an oil spill on the weekend, but said it had been contained.

The company said that at approximately 7.30 pm on Saturday, Paria Fuel Trading Company Limited Marine Security observed an oil sheen along the Pointe-a-Pierre harbour.

It said the company’s Incident Command Team was activated and personnel were immediately dispatched to locate the source of the leak.

A further sea survey done on Sunday revealed areas of oil sheen and oil streaks located north of the Pointe-a-Pierre port. A shoreline survey was also conducted.

Paria said it has responded urgently to deploy clean-up assets to minimise the impact on the environment and that absorbent booms have been strategically placed to prevent further migration of oil into the sea.

The company said it has used vacuum trucks to remove oil collected on land and oil streaks were being mechanically broken up at sea.

However, watchdog group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is not accepting Paria Fuel Trading Company Limited’s statement.

On a tour of the Gulf of Paria yesterday, FFOS secretary Gary Aboud said they saw thick clumps of oil for miles affecting the entire coastline as far as Chaguaramas.

Fisherman Imtiaz Khan said the spill was another blow to the industry.

“I think they will blame us again because anything that happens in the sea they blame the fishermen. It is sad to see that in 2018 up to this date, we have not been compensated from that spill and three years have passed and now we are in 2021 and yet another spill,” Khan said.

“The whole Gulf, the Gulf of Paria, is the nurseries of fisheries and if this is happening in the Gulf, it can affect the industry dramatically, especially when you have to face the increase of fuel.”