World Turkish president vows to save sea from 'sea snot' outbreak
'Sea snot' is clogging up Turkey's coasts, suffocating marine life, and devastating fisheries
Fishing nets are bursting under the weight of a sea-snot blanket that extends about 100 feet below the surface of the water.The goop, called marine mucilage or "sea snot," is covering so much of the coastline along the Sea of Marmara that people can no longer fish there. The sea snot formations can get up to 100 feet (30 meters) deep, according to the Turkish news site Cumhuriyet.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president promised Saturday to rescue the Marmara Sea from an outbreak of “sea snot” that is alarming marine biologists and environmentalists.
A huge mass of marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, has bloomed in Turkey's Marmara, as well as in the adjoining Black and Aegean Seas.
Turkey's president vows to 'save' the country from the largest outbreak of 'sea snot' on record
Marine mucilage or "sea snot" forms when algae is overloaded with nutrients due to climate change and water pollution. It was first discovered in 2007, and later in the Aegean Sea near Greece. The latest outbreak, found in the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul, is thought to be the largest in history, BBC News and Sky News report."We will save our seas from this mucilage calamity, leading with the Marmara Sea. We must take this step without delay," President Erdogan said in a statement, according to Sky News. © YASIN AKGUL/AFP via Getty Images The sea Harbour.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said untreated waste dumped into the Marmara Sea and climate change had caused the sea snot bloom. Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city with some 16 million residents, and five other provinces, factories and industrial hubs border the sea.
Marine mucilage has reached unprecedented levels this year in Turkey. It is visible above the water as a slimy gray sheet along the shores of Istanbul and neighboring provinces. Underwater videos showed suffocated coral covered with sea snot.
Turkey's foreign minister Cavusoglu begins visit to Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Sunday began his trip to Greece with an unofficial visit to the northeastern province of Thrace, where most of Greece’s Muslim minority resides. The official part of Cavusoglu’s trip will take place Monday morning, when he will meet with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He and Dendias will also have an informal dinner later Sunday. Cavusoglu arrived by official plane at the Greek city of Alexandroupolis on Sunday and proceeded to the city of Komotini, where a large part of the Muslim minority resides.
Erdogan said he instructed the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization to coordinate with relevant institutions, municipalities and universities. Teams are inspecting waste water and solid waste facilities, along with other potential sources of pollution, he said.
'Sea Snot' Slime 100ft Deep Endangering Marine Life Blamed on Household Waste
Experts warn that the situation will also continue to get worse as a result of climate change.The thick, dark foamy substance, real name marine mucilage, occurs when algae is overloaded with nutrients as a result of warm weather and household and water pollution—all of which has increased over the past few decades.
“We will save our seas from this mucilage calamity, leading with the Marmara Sea,” Erdogan said. “We must take this step without delay.”
Marine experts say that human waste and industrial pollution is choking Turkey’s seas. They say the rise in water temperatures from climate change is contributing to the problem.
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