MS OLIVA RUNS AGROUND ON NIGHTINGALE ISLAND

May 12, 2011 by dyertrust

MS Oliva ran aground on Nightingale Island on 16th March 2011 and is leaking oil

As perTristan da Cunha Conservation DepartmentDirector, Trevor Glass - Nightingale has the second largest sea bird population in the world, including the largest concentration of Great Shearwaters in the world - three million pairs in the island group. Nightingale holds more than 100,000 pairs of Northern Rockhopper Penguins, a species found only here and 20,000 pairs of albatrosses including the yellow nose albatross, and 2,000,000 pairs of Broadbill prions. "If we lose Nightingale, we'll lose 99 percent of the shearwater population."

The island is also home to the highly-endangered Tristan Bunting.

Only 50 pairs remain in the world, all of which are found onNightingale Island.