Entries by Tatianna Evanisko

A Systematic Search for Bilge Dumping at Sea: 2019 in Review

What can a year’s worth of bilge dumping data tell us?

This is the first entry in a multi-part series revealing the significance of bilge dumping globally. SkyTruth has observed bilge dumping incidents around the globe many times since 2007. But in 2019, we started seeking out these incidents more systematically. In total, we found 163 slicks around the globe.

Multiple Accounts of Oily Pollution Found in the Mediterranean Sea

SkyTruth recently discovered two oil slicks in the Mediterranean Sea — just the most recent examples of an ongoing bilge dumping problem we’ve found in one of the most heavily used marine water bodies in the world.

This year, SkyTruth discovered multiple likely bilge dumps in the Mediterranean Sea; two in just the past month. The Mediterranean Sea is a very prominent shipping route, but finding so many spills here is surprising, and concerning, considering how closely Europe monitors its waters.