Posted: Wed 27th Dec 2023

Coastguard issues warning to dog owners after palm oil washed up on North Wales beach

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Dec 27th, 2023

Dog owners heading to one part of the north Wales coast are being warned of the dangers of palm oil after a considerable amount was discovered washed up on a beach.

Barmouth Coastguard has been dealing with the palm oil between Talybont Beach and Dyffryn Benar Beach in Gwynedd.

The discovery was reported by a member of the public after their dog became violently ill following contact with the substance.

HM Coastguard responded promptly, working to remove as much of the hazardous material as they can and alerting counter-pollution services to mitigate any environmental impact.

Palm oil, a substance commonly used in food and cosmetics, can solidify in cold sea waters and wash ashore, where it poses a significant threat to dogs and wildlife.

HM Coastguard has advised the public to avoid contact with any unknown beach materials and to keep pets on a lead, particularly along the coast.

In the event of an emergency, such as exposure to the oil, they urge contacting the Coastguard immediately.

According to the Coastguard, the vegetable oils, which can sometimes be discharged legally by ships at sea to clear tanks for new cargo, are difficult to identify once washed ashore and can be easily mistaken for other substances.

The public is urged to exercise caution and stay informed about the potential dangers of palm oil and other residues found on beaches.

The incident highlights the broader issue of marine pollution and its direct impact on local communities and ecosystems.

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