Contaminated sea around Gozo’s coastline – Readers letter
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I am a resident of Gozo and a keen scuba diver and enjoy diving all around the island, one of my favourite dive sites was Raz il Hobz situated just bellow the water treatment plant in Ghajnsielem. Ever since the treatment plant was finished their has been a leak from the pipe that goes into the sea, this is clearly visible by the amount of green stinking water on the shore.It gets worse, I went for a dive their earlier this week and on the surface the sea is crystal clear and very inviting, however, once I got down to around 20 metres and towards the headland, the visibility drops to about 10 mteres. All the corals and reef plant life is covered in silt and is clearly being smothered to death. As we swam towards the direction of the outfall pipe there is a plume of waste erupting a break in the pipe, how can the authorities let this happen, what’s all this eco-Gozo and protecting the environment I keep reading in the press? Clearly it’s a case of out of sight out of mind!
On a similar subject, whist diving at Dwerja’s Azure Window last week we observed fishing nets strung out from the shore to beyond crocodile rock, I though this was illegal, who is responsible for policing these matters?
Photographs taken on the 3rd of April during the dive, in one you can clearly see the silt rising from the bottom as we swam over it. The second picture is of a pinner shell, the corals surrounding it should be all bright colours reds, yellows greens etc, as you can see everything is covered in grey silt from the break in the pipe line – Michael Hollis.