Turkey faces mucilage emergency, found in Black Sea as well

Environmental crisis that emerged in Marmara Sea worsens

09 June, 13:46

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, 09 GIU - An environmental crisis linked to a massive spread of marine mucilage, also known as 'sea snot', continues to worsen.

    The organic material is potentially highly harmful to the ecosystem. The thick layer of phytoplankton has for months covered the waters of the Marmara Sea south of Istanbul, threatening the survival of several species and the fishing sector as well as damaging the tourism image of the region.

    Hurriyet reported Wednesday that the invasion of mucilage had spread to some areas of the Black Sea, especially the area of the Yalikoy port in the Ordu province, as reported by some fishermen in the zone.

    The worsening of the crisis has occurred as authorities this week set in motion a special clean-up plan for the waters and the coastal area. Barriers were dropped into the water at places to foster the accumulation of the substances at specific spots where they can be collected and disposed of.

    Environment Minister Murat Kurum said that at least three years will be required to complete the work.

    Experts say that the phenomenon is linked mainly to climate change and pollution due to improper disposal of waste water in the area, in which around 25 million people live. (ANSAmed).

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