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4,000 cubic meters of mucilage was collected in a month in the south of the Marmara Sea

With the cleaning campaign carried out within the scope of the “Marmara Sea Protection Action Plan” of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the beaches were cleared of mucilage in a month.

Efforts involving public institutions, municipalities, academic circles and non-governmental organizations to implement the decisions in the action plan were initiated by the Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum on 8 June from Istanbul Caddebostan Beach.

In this context, 4 thousand 14 cubic meters of mucilage, 166 in Bursa, located in the south of Marmara, 811 in Balıkesir, 919 in Çanakkale and 2,118 thousand in Yalova, were collected and the surface of the sea was cleaned in a one-month period.

The mucilage collected in Bursa, which has a 125 km coast to the sea, was disposed of in the solid waste landfill. Mucilage lost its effect in the Gulf of Gemlik, off the Mudanya district and on the coast of Güzelyalı.

In addition, under the coordination of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Environmental Protection and Control Department, Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization, Bursa Chamber of Environmental Engineers, Turkey Healthy Cities Association, Metropolitan Municipality Parks and Gardens Department, Bursa Technical University, Bursa Uludağ University, Bursa Water and Sewerage Administration ( The commission, which was formed with the participation of BUSKİ) representatives, continues its work.

The commission, which aims to prepare the “Bursa Marine Pollution Prevention Action Plan”, continues its field studies in order to determine the factors causing pollution and permanent solutions.

Bursa Technical University is working on the conversion of mucilage taken from the sea into fertilizers or different products and its contribution to the economy.


Teams affiliated to various institutions and organizations, especially the Metropolitan Municipality and the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization, spent intense work on the Marmara Sea coasts and offshores of Balıkesir.

The mucilage collected from the surface with the work concentrated in the Erdek and Bandırma bays was transported to the designated points for disposal.

In particular, the Ocaklar and Aşağıyapıcı beaches of the Erdek district, one of the holiday regions of the province, started to move with the cleaning of the sea. Mucilage cleaning was also carried out in Marmara and Avşa islands.


In Çanakkale, mucilage cleaning continued at the designated points of the city. In addition to the land works in Kordon Boyu, the pier and the promenade area were cleared of mucilage with the sea broom named “M. Ecology 1” sent by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

The works carried out under the coordination of the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization were supported by Çanakkale Municipality as well as public institutions and organizations and the private sector.

The mucilage filled in special tanks was taken to the facility in Kocaeli by waste transport vehicles.


The mucilage, which is effective for a long time on the coasts and offshores of Yalova, was cleaned by a waste acceptance vessel, sea sweepers and vacuum trucks. The mucilage problem, especially concentrated in the shipyards and the Topçular Ferry Port area on the coast of Taşköprü, was resolved with the works carried out within the scope of the action plan.

The coasts of Çınarcık district, where mucilage was seen intensely in the first period, and the shores of Esenköy district also attracted attention with their clean appearance. In addition, it was observed that the beaches of Armutlu district, one of the holiday regions of Yalova, were cleared of mucilage.


The opinions expressed herein are the author’s and not necessarily those of News2Sea.

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