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Seabird Deaths: True Scale May Never be Known

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7:02am 11th May 2013

Pirate FM has learnt the true scale of Cornwall's seabird deaths may never be known.

Almost 3000 have washed up dead or injured after getting covered in pollution.

But the RSPB says the real number could be three to ten times that.

Alistair Taylor speaks for the charity and wants to see tougher rules on PIB: "We understand there is great public support for the use of this substance to be banned but at the very least, it should be made illegal to wash this substance into the sea. Currently it is entirely legal for ships that are carrying polyisobutene to wash out their tanks at sea and what we're seeing is the direct result of that."

South-West MEPs are taking the fight to get the dumping of PIB banned to Europe.

Graham Watson is among them and said: "This is a substance that's particularly harmful to sea life and particularly to birdlife. This is not only a problem that's affected my constituency. There have been cases in Brittany and elsewhere. It's a Europe-wide challenge."

7:02am 11th May 2013

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