Saving Israel's coastline
On February 17, the shores of Israel were flooded with huge amounts of tar.
95% of the beaches in Israel were affected by this pollution.
Hundreds of animals were washed ashore dead and full of tar, many others were injured, habitats were destroyed, and the damage to the ecosystem was enormous.
To save as much as possible, immediate large-scale activity was required.
The environmental damage caused by the spill has long term ramifications which we addressed with the following steps:
• Surveys and data archiving – Tar surveys have been conducted, both on foot and by vehicle, and they will continue to be carried out by the professional team in collaboration with local municipalities. A software program has been used to keep the data collected, so that the professional team can make data-driven future decisions.
• Pollution treatment for rocky areas – One of the worst effects of the oil spill
has been the damage to the Mediterranean’s rocky areas. The rocks support a
thriving ecosystem, provide shelter for many species, and are of great importance to marine life. The removal of the tar from the rocks requires the assistance of experts who can perform the task without damaging the rocks and their inhabitants. Several specialized companies have been selected to assist, beginning with Rosh HaNikra Nature Reserve.