Submitted by GSPCA on 11:24, 22nd Oct, 2013 | 0

The GSPCA are pleased to hear that the polluntant that killed and injured more than 4,000 birds, called polyisobutene (PIB) between Cornwall and Sussex, and on the Channel Islands can no longer be dumped at sea after a worldwide ban was agreed.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has reclassified PIBs from 2014 which means ships will only be able to wash their tanks and dispose of all PIB residues while in port.

PIB which has been legal to discharge from vessels that wash out their tanks, as long as they are further than 12 nautical miles from the nearest point of land.

The ban had been recommended by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), on behalf of the government, and has welcomed not only by ourselves but also by the RSPB, RSPCA and other wildlife charities.

The decision was taken by the IMO at a meeting in London on Monday.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'As the GSPCA we rescue numerous oiled birds from around our coast every year and PIB was a real worry when the South Coast was hit earlier this Spring.'

'Last month we were working with International Organisations, the States and many Channel Island NGO's and Departments to prepare ourselves in training exercises if a chemical spill was to ever hit our coastline.'

'To have this news is a joy, as it is one less chemical to worry about in terms of PIB being illegal to discharge into our seas, which is a horrendous substance for any animal to be coated in.'

To see previous stories on PIB please click below -

Channel Island NGOs call on Island Governments to help prevent further mass seabird deaths - 24th April 2013

Another oiled bird at the GSPCA - What to do if you see any bird affected by oil - 16th May 2013

The GSPCA is taking part in the Oil Spill Preparedness Plans tested for wildlife this week - 10th September 2013

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Bric-A-Brac, Clothes, Coffee & Snacks at the Shelter


Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

Pet Supplies & GSPCA Goods on sale at the GSPCA Reception


Wednesday 9th October 6.30pm

 Volunteer Induction Evening at the Animal Shelter

Sunday morning on the 13th October

Car Boot Sale at Co-operative home maker car park

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19th October until 24th October 9am - 6pm - with a few late evening openings planned

Art Exhibition of Art Work from Mark Bayliss at the GSPCA Animal Shelter - Free Entry but donations welcomed


Thursday 24th October – 7.45pm

Art Auction at St Pierre Park Hotel Sponsored by the Heritage Group. If you book a meal at the Victor Hugo Restaurant at the St Pierre Park Hotel then a donation from every meal will be made to the GSPCA. Also the Pavilion will be opening on the evening with their Tennerfest menu and they too are donating proceeds from each meal to the GSPCA.


Saturday 2nd November 2013

The GSPCA Mystery of Masquerade Charity Ball

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Round Table Christmas Fair - a stall with all sorts of goods and tombola


December Thursdays

Late Night Shopping GSPCA Stall in town


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Christmas Fair


16th to 21st December 2013

Christmas Pop Up Shop on Smith Street thanks to OSA Recruitment




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