Rock coated with oil residue on Galician beach
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Gulf oil spill: Spain's Galician coast a symbol of hope

Businesses in the Gulf of Mexico face a long struggle after the BP oil spill - but they can take heart from the example set by those on Spain's Galician coast.

The region was hit by one of the world's worst oil disasters eight years ago, when the Prestige oil tanker broke up just off shore.

Tourism is back to pre-spill levels, the beaches and water look pristine and fish stocks have recovered - but there are lingering signs of the damage caused by the spill.

Sarah Rainsford reports from Galicia.

  • 26 Aug 2010