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Work started to fix mucilage problem

To solve the problem of mucilage that has turned into an environmental disaster in the Marmara Sea, scientists have opened up to Marmara to see the threat on the spot and to make scientific studies.

Scientists continue to work to solve the mucilage problem, which has turned into an environmental disaster in the Sea of ​​Marmara.

Scientists working at Istanbul University Marine Sciences and Management Institute sailed to the East Marmara aboard Turkey’s oldest research ship, Alemdar, to see the threat on the spot and conduct scientific investigations.

Marine biologist Dr. Under the leadership of Faculty Member Sibel Zeki, Assoc. Dr. Hüsne Altiok, Dr. Lecturer Tuba Unsal, Dr. The scientific team, consisting of Faculty Member Güzün Gül, Research Assistants İrshad Bayırhan, Yaprak Gürkan and Dalida Belikoğlu, scanned the Gulf of Izmit with the 64-meter-tall Alemdar.

According to the news of Gökhan Karakaş from Milliyet, Dr. Stating that they encountered mucilage from the moment they set off from Haydarpaşa Port, Dr. Sibel Zeki said that they were surprised by the scenery they encountered while passing behind the Prince Islands.

Dr. Sibel Zeki said that they have determined that the mucilage density, which has been in effect since January, has reached its peak on Sedef Island and has collapsed to the bottom of the Islands, which host very important habitats for the marine ecosystem.

Stating that they will examine the samples taken from a large area in the Gulf of Izmit, Dr. Sibel Zeki said, “It is very different from the intensity 20 years ago. Much more intense and powerful. As it covers the sea, it also shows its effect on the deep.” said.

Istanbul University Institute of Marine Sciences and Management Director Prof. Dr. Cem Gazioğlu, on the other hand, said that even the first results made them nervous and that the mucilage, which was effective this year, progressed with the same intensity from the surface to the bottom.

prof. Dr. Gazioğlu said, “It even affected a unique ecosystem like the Prince Islands. It advanced into the Gulf of Izmit with intense continuity. Our science team has extreme concentration even in coastal areas. Unfortunately, we came across formations in different phases. In other words, what young formations and decaying formations were determined. We think that they are renewing themselves and that the proliferation continues. We took samples with an expedition covering the northeast of the Sea of ​​Marmara and the Gulf of Izmit. Basic oceanographic observations; We are doing research on details such as temperature-salinity, current data, dissolved oxygen in the water column, and nutrients.”

The Washington Post newspaper underlined that mucilage, known as sea sputum, is not a new formation, but stated that rising sea temperatures with climate change have fueled the increase.

Emphasizing that the Sea of ​​Marmara is extremely polluted, the US newspaper wrote that fishermen have been struggling with this problem for 5 months and that divers have seen the effect of mucilage up to 30 meters deep.


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