Decision ID: 000030

In October 2000 the 1971 Fund Administrative Council considered a claim for £15.6 million by six shrimp processing companies and 2 000 fishermen who alleged that oil spilled from the vessel caused a reduction in shrimp catches in 1998. The Committee noted the conclusion of the Director, based on the advice of the Fund’s experts, that oil from the Nissos Amorgos was most probably a significant contributing factor to the downturn in catches. The Council approved the Director’s proposal that the claim should be considered admissible in principle, but stated that in quantifying any losses attributable to the pollution, account should be taken of other factors as reflected in normal variations from year to year in shrimp catches.

Date: 30.09.2000
Categories: Environmental damage, Pure economic loss (fisheries and mariculture)
Subjects: Claims for economic loss, Claims for loss of natural resources, Link of causation between the loss and the contamination, Specific claims considered by the governing bodies