“We will save our seas, especially the Sea of Marmara, from this slime problem,” Erdogan was quoted as saying during a ceremony in Istanbul on the occasion of World Environment Day.
According to him, a team of 300 people is currently conducting inspections at more than 90 locations in the Sea of Marmara, as well as at all wastewater treatment and solid waste disposal facilities on land, to detect the source of pollution. On Friday, the DHA news agency reported that Turkish scientists are conducting research on sea slime that has covered the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul, and are calling for emergency measures. According to the director of the Middle East Technical University of Turkey, Barysh Salihoglu, a significant contribution to the formation of mucus in the sea is made by untreated sewage that flows into the sea from industrial enterprises, as well as runoff from rivers. He noted that the level of salt in the wastewater should be reduced by half, and then the level of oxygen in seawater will be restored in 5-6 years.