Gökhan Karakaş – ISTANBUL
Turkey’s waste management policy should be renewed and treatment systems should operate at full efficiency so that the invasion of marine mucilage in the Sea of Marmara does not recur, experts say.
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A thick, viscous substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms surfaced in the Sea of Marmara at the end of May 2021, forcing local fishermen to end the fishing season 21 days earlier and severely hampering tourist activities. last year.
Marine biologists, environmentalists and government officials continue to make efforts to address important public concerns.
Mustafa Sarı, the dean of the maritime faculty of Onyedi Eylül University and who often dives into the Sea of Marmara to examine environmental damage, said that the cold and clean water of the Black Sea is very effective in dispersing the mucilage. .
Emphasizing that climate change in the Sea of Marmara has increased the pollutant load due to its temperature and stagnant structure, Sarı stressed that the company should place its relationship with the sea on an ecological axis.
“If we don’t want to know about the bad waste management policy, climate change and ecological disasters when combined with the original structure of the Sea of Marmara, we have to adopt a whole new waste management policy”, said Sarı.
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However, Istanbul University hydrobiologist Professor Neslihan Özdelice said ending the deep discharge into the Sea of Marmara would not be enough.
“In all discharges, sound and fully efficient treatment systems must be applied. Mucilage does not grow for one reason. Climate change is linked to pollution, overfishing and degradation of coastal areas, ”said zdelice.