Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Akif Özkaldı, who spoke after the meeting of the Parliamentary Research Commission, which was established to investigate the causes of the mucilage problem and determine the necessary measures, announced that a payment of 4.2 million TL would be made to the fishermen who were victims of mucilage.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Akif Özkaldı and METU Marine Sciences Institute Marine Biology and Fisheries Department lecturer Assoc. Dr. Arzu Karahan made a presentation.
Karahan stated that they took mucilage samples from all over the Marmara and they sampled from the entire water branch and said, “Mucilage did not go, it is stuck somewhere between 15-20 meters now. “Our current event, of course, is the question everyone is asking, why did the mucilage originate, and secondly, we’re trying to find out why it stayed there for so long and didn’t break down,” he said.
According to the news of Milliyet, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Akif Özkaldı said, “While preparing the presentation, we took a note that it was ‘in signature’, and this was signed in line with the new information we received. Thus, we can say that a payment of 4.2 million TL was made to our fishermen who were aggrieved and damaged in this regard.”
‘OUR FISHERS HAVE LOSSES’
Mahir Kanyılmaz, Head of Resource Management and Fisheries Structures Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, stated that the fishermen could not pull the nets due to mucilage in the Marmara Sea.
Kanyılmaz said, “There was a blockage. Especially our small-scale fishermen suffered a loss. We, as the Ministry, have proposed it ourselves, for it to be included in the plan. We are working hard,” he said.
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