The thick layer of organic matter, known as marine mucilage, has spread across the sea

A ship passes through a gelatinous layer of slime, off the coast of Caddebostan, in the Sea of ​​Mrmara (Turkey).

Turkey has pledged to save the Mrmara Sea by launching a catastrophe management program intended to clean an outbreak of “sea mucus” that threatens marine life and the fishing industry.

The thick layer of organic matter, known as marine mucilage, has spread across the sea south of Istanbul, covering ports, coasts and swaths of the surface. A part has sunk beneath the waves, suffocating the life of the seabed.

The Minister of the Environment, Murat Kurum, has reported that 25 ships have been arranged to clean the sea surface as well as another 18 ships, which with the placement of barriers, try to prevent the spread of muclago. In addition, illegal fishing and “ghost” nets will be stopped.

Turkey wants to declare the Mrmara a protected area by the end of 2021, said Murat Kurum.

“We started with the cleaning works both on land and at sea in 15 points,” said the Minister of the Environment. “We are determined to save the Mrmara and we will save it.”

Some 1,000 workers they will take the waste to the coast and transport it by truck to municipal facilities, he said.

Climate change and pollution

Scientists claim that climate change and pollution have contributed to the proliferation of the substance, which contains a great variety of microorganisms And it can thrive when nutrient-rich wastewater flows into seawater.

Residents welcomed the cleanliness, but complained about what they called years of uncontrolled pollution in the sea.

“Of course, these sea snot are something that it occurs over several years. Formed by our unconsciousness for years, the noxious substances thrown into the sea caused vomiting on the seabed and, as there was no current, it stayed there, “said Kadir Saydam, a 65-year-old pharmacist.

“Cleaning jobs are good visually,” he added.

President Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the plague on the untreated water from cities like Istanbul, where about 16 million people liveyes, and has promised to “cleanse our seas of the plague of muclago.”


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