Turkish leader pledges to fight against outbreak of “sea snot” caused by environmental pollution and climate change

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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.

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An aerial photo taken on June 4, 2021 in the Turkish Sea of ​​Marmara in a harbor on the Istanbul coastline shows “sea snot” or mucus, a jelly-like layer of mucus that forms on the surface of the water due to the excessive proliferation of phytoplankton. seriously threatening the marine biome.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that untreated waste is being dumped into the Sea of ​​Marmara and changing of the climate caused 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.

White layer formed at sea in the Anatolian side of Istanbul
An aerial view of “sea snot” near Maltepe, Kadikoy and Adalar districts in Istanbul, Turkey, May 2, 2021.

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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.”

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An aerial photo taken on June 6, 2021 in Turkey’s Sea of ​​Marmara in a harbor on the Istanbul coastline shows “sea snot” or mucus, a jelly-like layer of mucus that forms on the surface of the water due to excessive spreading. phytoplankton, seriously threatening the marine biome.

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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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