oa Madoqua - Mass mortality of Cape cormorants, caused by fish oil, in the Walvis Bay region of South West Africa

Volume 9, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



On the South African coast the effect of oil pollution on Jackass Penguins has been descriptionbed by Westphal and Rowan (1970). Until the present time no large scale mortality of sea birds due to Fish oil pollution is known to have taken place on the South West African coast. Earlier in 1974 the Percy FitzPatrick lnstitute of African Ornithology reported heavy mortality of sea birds by fish oil at Lamberts Bay. During June 1974 fish oil in the sea at Walvis Bay again demonstrated that this type of pollution is in most respects as lethal to birds as its mineral counterpart. The species most affected was the Cape Cormorant Phalacrocerax capensis Sparrman.

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