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A SUBSTANCE blamed for the deaths of hundreds of birds off the south coast can no longer be dumped at sea.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has banned ships from releasing polyisobutene, known as PIB, into the sea.

Martin Harper, conservation director at the RSPBA, said: ‘Our marine policy staff were digging in for a long hard fight to secure a ban, but the IMO has taken the right decision.

‘We now need the UK government to be inspired by the IMO’s decisiveness and do what it takes to establish an ecologically coherent network of marine protection areas as soon as possible.’