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Fishing Nets In Battle With Oil Spill

Fresh waves of oil from the sunken tanker Prestige swept ashore...

Fresh waves of oil from the sunken tanker Prestige swept ashore along a 125-mile stretch of French coastline yesterday.

Two naval ships and several trawlers set out with fine nets yesterday in an attempt to trap a bank of millions of tiny oil pellets 25 miles offshore.

All through Saturday reports came in of new discoveries of the pellets and semi- solid cakes of oil, including in the Bassin d'Arcachon, where the Arès reserve is home to 700,000 migrating birds at this time of year.