From today the EPA will be moving to a ‘standby and monitoring’ status at the Port of Devonport while the salvors recover fuel and oils from the sunken tugs. This includes the packing up of the EPA’s Shore Base at the Horsehead Creek Boat Ramp.
Some EPA operational staff will remain on-site at the wharf to support TasPorts and the salvors through skimming operations, monitoring of operations and technical advice. The EPA remains on standby to respond should the situation change.
While the salvors are working on the salvage operation for the tugs, the containment area remains in place. Fish may still swim through oil in the containment area. Therefore, the EPA continues to recommend people not fish or eat fish caught from the river at this time.
The EPA is developing a longer-term monitoring program for the estuary to identify any further environmental impacts.