Experts of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR) are expecting the sampling tests of the Saronikos Gulf seabed to determine the status of the ecosystem, following the recent oil spill pollution, the head of the body said on Tuesday.
“We still have to conduct analyses of the seabed, of sediments, to see if there is pollution, as well as analyses of marine organisms, the results of which are expected to come out by the end of October,” Yiannis Hatzianestis told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).
The first completed series of tests that include some water samples concerns the coastal region from Salamina to Legrena (in Sounio), with initial results showing a clear improvement in the area.
Hatzianestis said sample tests will continue until the clean-up operation is complete. Tests conducted in late September in the wider Saronic Gulf area found that the total levels of hydrocarbon petroleum concentrations were normal. But since acceptable levels for petroleum hydrocarbons have not been set yet by Greek or EU legislation, the sample levels are being compared with those prior to the pollution and levels mentioned in relevant bibliography, he added.