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Living Planet

How the designation of 'Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas' can help protect Galapagos Islands and Baltic Sea from oil spills

John Hay talked with WWF's Dr Simon Walmsley and asked him if the type of inspections currently being conducted by the European Union were effective enough to prevent future tanker disasters

Every day, hundreds of oil tankers - many in a similar condition to the fated Prestige - travel along shipping routes linking Russia and other Baltic states to countries further south. About 15 per cent of the world's commercial shipping traffic transits through the Baltic Sea, a particularly
valuable area in ecological terms. The World Wide Fund for Nature would like the Baltic Sea and two other areas - the Galapagos and the Canary Islands - to be designated 'Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas' by the International Maritime Organisation.