Tarballs (oily substance) have surfaced along Salcete’s southern coastal belt in the last few days, posing a threat to the tourism industry as well as the local fishing communities.

Local residents of Cavelossim village have once again made a fervent plea to the government to devote attention to the tarball menace, saying the oily substance not just threatens the local fishing communities, but poses a threat to the fragile eco-system.

Tarballs surface along the coast just before the onset of monsoons, with sources saying the oily substance, which is being released by vessels, is washed ashore just ahead of the rainy season.

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