On March 10th, the Taiwanese cargo ship T.S. Taipei broke apart and became stranded on a reef near Shihmen in New Taipei City, which caused a massive oil slick.
The 15,487-ton ship ran aground in a storm while it was sailing from Hong Kong to Keelung Port in Taiwan.
More than 100 workers have been trying to clean up the maritime mess, but bad weather has slowed them down, writes the New York Post.
“Even if the oil stains can be removed swiftly, massive deaths of fish and other marine animals in the area are expected due to lack of oxygen in the water,” saisd Michael Lee, secretary-general of the nonprofit Society of Wilderness, to AFP.
“It could take at least three years for the local ecological system to recover to some extent,” he stated.