ISTANBUL (REUTERS) – A thick, slimy layer of so-called “sea snot” is spreading in Turkey’s Sea of Marmara to the south of Istanbul, posing a risk to marine life and the fishing business.
Scientists say local weather change and air pollution have contributed to the proliferation of the natural matter, also referred to as marine mucilage, which accommodates all kinds of microorganisms and might flourish when nutrient-rich sewage flows into seawater.
Drone footage shot over the Sea of Marmara exhibits ferries and cargo ships criss-crossing harbours and seawater blanketed with the viscous, greyish substance that may suffocate marine life.
“The Sea of Marmara’s plight is the result of what people did. That is the result of family waste and air pollution,” mentioned film-maker Tahsin Ceylan, who’s making a documentary in regards to the influence of the ocean snot.
“The one factor to do is to not throw your waste into the ocean,” he mentioned. “I feel nature doesn’t deserve this.”
Specialists linked the growing quantity of sea snot to excessive sea temperatures stemming from local weather change, in addition to the discharge of untreated sewage into the ocean.
Surroundings Minister Murat Kurum mentioned the ocean snot was a significant issue and a 300-strong group was assessing dozens of factors within the Sea of Marmara, in addition to water remedy services and sources of air pollution.
He mentioned the federal government would deliver collectively all involved events on Friday (June 4) and announce an motion plan to guard the ocean on Sunday.
Hydrobiologist Levent Artuz warned that such ecological issues will proceed except there’s a change in individuals’s behaviour.
“So long as we feature on with these practices, it doesn’t make a lot sense to anticipate completely different outcomes. We’ll proceed to come across disasters like this,” he mentioned, pointing to the elevated discharge of sewage into the waters in recent times.