Decision ID: 001172

In October 2000 the 1992 Fund Executive Committee considered the admissibility of claims by a fishmonger, a fish trader, an itinerant fish trader and a fish merchant all of whom carried out their activities in the area affected by the spill. The Committee took the view that these claims fulfilled the criterion of geographic proximity and that the claimants’ businesses formed an integral part of the economic activity within the affected area. The Committee noted that the claimants, who received their supplies from the affected area, had not experienced any difficulty in obtaining supplies, and that the alleged losses were due to market resistance. The Committee nevertheless considered that since the area had been affected by the spill, the alleged losses should be considered as damage caused by contamination and therefore decided that the claims were admissible in principle.

Date: 30.09.2000
Category: Pure economic loss (fisheries and mariculture)
Subjects: Link of causation between the loss and the contamination, Admissibility criteria