Oil and Fuel

Pleasure craft tend to carry light weight petroleum products rather than heavy crude oil and even though an incident caused by light weight petroleum would not have the catastrophic effect of smothering wildlife, these refined oils can be more toxic than crude oil.

When these oils enter the water they can be absorbed by shell fish and small marine organisms and the toxins accumulate in the food chain causing physiological and reproductive defects, reduced growth and feeding, deformity, cancers, mutations and ecological changes in many marine species.