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Depleted uranium endangering rare seal

to protect marine mammals and other marine life from……….highly toxic materials like depleted uranium that have been deposited by the military.

Saving the world’s rarest seal from uranium, guardian Uk, 17 June 2010, Dr Anastasia Miliou was interviewed by Georgina Kenyon“....Greek conservationists from the Greek NGO, Archipelagos, work to protect endangered common dolphins and monk seals and also the region’s marine ecosystems from the effects of overfishing, shipping, and the military. Dr Anastasia Miliou, manager and head scientist from Archipelagos Institute of Marine and Environmental Research of the Aegean Sea, based on the Greek island of Samos in the eastern Aegean, explains about seals, uranium deposits and sonar  

The Mediterranean monk seal is the world’s rarest and most endangered marine mammal. Its population is less than 450 and one of the most important remaining populations survives in the Aegean region. We are urging fishing communities and authorities to understand that the marine biodiversity needs to be conserved, not only for the sake of productive marine ecosystems or the endangered species, but also for the benefit of human communities, whose livelihood depends on the health and productivity of the seas…………..
it is a big challenge trying to lobby governments, who control the military activity within international waters, to protect marine mammals and other marine life from the detrimental impacts of military sonars, but also from highly toxic materials like depleted uranium that have been deposited by the military. Archipelagos has created the only independent, non-profit laboratory in Greece, which aims to assess and detect potential pollution sources, which put ecosystems and people’s health in danger.

We are partly self-funded and partly financed by private donations – helping to fund our laboratory on Samos island and also our research boat that we use to go out into the sea and monitor water quality, soil and sediments, as well as animal and plant tissues.

Saving the world’s rarest seal from uranium | Environment | Guardian Weekly

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