According to Vladimir Rakov, chief researcher of the laboratory of marine ecotoxicology of the Pacific Oceanological Institute of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, fish may suffer from pollution.
"The area of pollution is about 3.5 hectares, relative to the area of the entire Nakhodka Bay is relatively small, but, of course, pollution causes negative consequences. Under the oil slick, marine inhabitants feel unwell. Phytoplankton, zooplankton living in the surface layers of water can die, photosynthesis is disrupted. If oil pollution spreads into the water column, then at a high concentration, shellfish may die", - Rakov told Interfax, adding that fish may also suffer.
He noted that there is no fishing in the port, but fish migrate here.
"The flocks of rudd, which usually swirl near the quays, having been saturated with oil products or eating oil-soaked plankton, can then swim to the clean area and get into the nets. There is undoubtedly damage to aquatic biological resources", - the expert said.
He said that what happened was "of course an ecological disaster, but it is of a local nature".
Let us recall that on the eve of the authorities of Nakhodka confirmed the spill of oil products in the port, where at that time an oil slick had been spreading for two days. Blame for the incident is the neighboring boiler room.
Today, booms were installed at the site of the oil spill.
“At the moment, booms have been installed at the site of the alleged oil spill to prevent further spread of the source of pollution”, - the Primorsky Krai government told Interfax.