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Oil Spill Puts Five-Decade Mauritian Fisher Family in a Bind

  • Japanese-owned vessel run aground and spilled tons of oil
  • Indian Ocean island nation now faces widespread pollution
The MV Wakashio bulk carrier vessel partially submerged close to Pointe d'Esny, Mauritius, on Aug. 14.
The MV Wakashio bulk carrier vessel partially submerged close to Pointe d'Esny, Mauritius, on Aug. 14.Photographer: Kamlesh Bhuckory/Bloomberg
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It may take a decade to restore a delicate ecosystem in Mauritius after a bulk carrier ran aground and spilled oil into the island nation’s pristine waters. Some fishermen fear they may never get their lives back.