Antarctic research base sewage ‘contaminating’ waters, high-tech treatment plant planned

The pristine ocean off Antarctica’s coast is being contaminated with raw sewage from research bases and the waste is affecting fish, seals, penguins and other marine creatures, researchers say.

Dr Jonny Stark, an ecologist from the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), said the Antarctic Treaty, designed to regulate pollution in the Antarctic, was not up to the task.

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