Turkey’s environment minister says Yalova and Balikesir were among the cities where most of the mucilage was released.
Turkey has collected a total of 2,684 cubic meters (94,784 cubic feet) of mucilage from the Sea of Marmara over the past seven days.
Sharing the latest updates on efforts to clear the waters, Turkish Environment and Urban Development Minister Murat Kurum said on Tuesday that ongoing operations were progressing well and that the collected mucus had been sent to be eliminated.
The northwestern province of Yalova, Istanbul and the western province of Balikesir were among the areas where most of the mucilage was released, he said.
“In 1,438 inspections we have carried out since June 14, we have imposed an administrative fine of 7.55 million Turkish lira ($ 881,239) on companies that did not meet the necessary conditions,” he said.
Mucilage, also known as “seaweed”, is a growth of microscopic algae called phytoplankton and is caused by rising seawater temperatures due to global warming, stagnant water. and pollution.
On June 6, Turkish authorities announced a 22-point action plan to eliminate a wave of mucilage covering part of the Marmara Sea in the northwest of the country.
The mucilage – mostly accumulated in Mudanya, Gemlik Bay, Gebze and its environs, the coastal areas of the Anatolian side of Istanbul, and around the Prince’s Island – has also partially covered the shores of the Sea of Marmara.
The substance covering the central coast of the northwestern province of Yalova has been blown away by the wind in the coastal areas of Cinarcik and Armutlu districts as well as in the town of Esenkoy, which are important tourist centers.