Diving in Aqaba canceled due to oil pollution

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Work is underway to clean oil patches spilled in the Aqaba bay two weeks ago. (Photo: Twitter)

AMMAN — Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), along with Prince Hamza Center for fighting pollution, are carrying out work to remove the oil patches spilled in the sea 14 days ago, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

Since then, tourist activities have also been discontinued, especially in the diving sector, which complained of damage to its equipment. At the same time, programmed tourist trips to Aqaba, especially those entailing diving, have been suspended.

After the oil leak from a foreign merchant vessel in the Aqaba bay, the majority of boat trips and dive bookings were canceled, and hundreds of items of scuba diving equipment of all kinds were destroyed by those practicing diving during that period and after, according to the head of Aqaba Diving Association, Khamash Yassin.

The association circulated to its centers not to use the diving equipment for fear of sudden disruption during diving, and for the safety of the visitor and tourist and prevention of any injuries.

Yassin stressed that the extent of destruction caused to the marine environment is significant, and will take much time to deal with, adding that he had registered a formal complaint with ASEZA, the Aqaba governor and the public prosecutor, to protect the rights of diving centers, trainers, and boat operators.

Divers and those interested in the marine environment emphasize that the current oil spill is one of the largest environmental catastrophes occurring in the Gulf of Aqaba, and that it is expected to destroy entire ecosystems and take a heavy toll on the country’s economy.

Much of the marine life, is expected to be destroyed, they said.

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