Spill could damage Rennell Island, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and home to many species found nowhere else

Australia is sending more help to the Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands to stop oil from a grounded cargo ship destroying a world heritage-listed marine sanctuary, Australia’s foreign minister said on Sunday.

At least 75 tonnes of heavy fuel oil has spilled from Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Solomon Trader since Cyclone Oma drove it onto a reef at Rennell Island on 5 February.

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