Hundreds of islanders experienced headaches, diarrhoea and eczema but fears of long-term health damage have not been realised. No trace of oil has been found in urine or blood and liver, kidney, lung and bone marrow tests have been clear.
WILDLIFE AND ECOLOGY
More than 1,500 seabirds were washed up dead and five times as many corpses may never have reached land. Shags, an inshore seabird, are nesting although numbers are down. The last oiled seals have now been released.
Salmon farmers in the exclusion zone want to know if the sea will be clean enough to take in the young smolt in May. The class of 1991 are about to be destroyed with compensation running at pounds 7m.
A dozen fishing boats have been tied up since the spill. They worked the inshore waters covered by the exclusion zone. Their skippers have received pounds 60,000 interim compensation.
Farmers are forbidden to graze sheep and cattle on several square miles of pasture contaminated by storm-blown oil droplets. The restriction has been lifted on a wider, more lightly contaminated area. Farmers still fear new lambs may be tainted.Reuse content