GREEN SLICK KILLS MARINE LIFE IN HUAHINE LAGOON, FRENCH POLYNESIA

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (January 3, 2002 – Radio Australia)---An unexplained thick green slick two kilometers (1.2 miles) long and 200 meters (660 feet) wide is killing marine life in part of the Huahine Lagoon, in the Leeward Islands.

Experts from the Louis Malardé Scientific Institute (see http://www.ilm.pf/) in the capital, Pape'ete, and Minister for Environment Nicole Bouteau traveled to Huahine recently and collected samples of the slick, which is two meters (6.6 feet) thick.

The Pacific News Agency, PACNEWS, reports that while scientists still are unable to pinpoint the cause of the phenomenon, they believe it is somehow linked to a recent very low tide.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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