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Istanbul – The Turkish President has promised to save the Sea of Marmara from the outbreak of “sea snot” that worries marine biologists and ecologists. A huge mass of sea slime, a thick slimy substance made up of compounds secreted by marine organisms, has blossomed in the Sea of Marmara in Turkey, as well as in the adjacent Black and Aegean Seas.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that untreated waste is being dumped into the Sea of Marmara andcaused the bloom of sea snot. Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city with a population of about 16 million, and five other provinces, factories and industrial centers border the sea.
Sea glue in Turkey has reached an unprecedented level this year. It is visible above the water as a slimy gray shroud along the shores of Istanbul and neighboring provinces. Underwater videos showed choking coral covered in sea snot.
Erdogan said he instructed the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization to coordinate with relevant institutions, municipalities and universities. The teams are checking wastewater and municipal solid waste facilities as well as other potential sources of pollution, he said.
“We will save our seas from this disaster due to the slime leading to the Sea of Marmara,” Erdogan said. “We must take this step without delay.”
Marine experts say human waste and industrial pollution are choking Turkey’s seas. They say rising water temperatures due to climate change are exacerbating the problem.
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