Sea mucilage is seen for the first time in the Sea of Marmara. Sea surface cleaning boats are being combated against white, light brown and foamy sea saliva. Studies are carried out in deep and wide areas. With the propellers of the Sea Surface Cleaning Boats, it is aimed to break up the sea saliva clumps, lower them to the bottom and collect them. However, due to being fluid, sticky and liquid, sea surface cleaning boats cannot show sufficient effect against sea saliva. Sea saliva is a thick, sticky substance produced by nearly all plants and some microorganisms. Sea slobber is a fisherman’s nightmare. Sea saliva clinging to fishing nets makes hunting difficult.
Mucilage was collected from the sea in line with the work initiated by public institutions, municipalities, academic circles and non-governmental organizations to implement the decisions taken within the scope of the «Marmara Sea Action Plan» of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.
In order to reduce pollution in the Marmara region and to carry out monitoring studies; Coordination Board composed of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, relevant institutions and organizations, universities, chambers of industry and NGOs; A Science and Technical Board will be formed within the body of Marmara Municipalities Union. The Marmara Sea Integrated Strategic Plan will be prepared within three months and the work will be carried out within the framework of this plan. All of the existing wastewater treatment plants in the region will be converted into advanced biological treatment plants. Studies will be carried out in line with the objectives of preventing the discharge of wastewater into the Marmara Sea without advanced biological treatment.
Efforts to clean up mucilage (sea saliva) seen in the Sea of Marmara were also started in the Gulf of Izmit. The mucilage, which was collected with the help of boats, sea brooms and divers, was taken to the treatment facilities in the city. The mucilage, which changes direction with the wind in Çanakkale in the morning, increased its effect on the shores of Kordon Boyu from the afternoon. The mucilage accumulated in the nooks and crannies of Çanakkale Marina surrounded the boats. Within the scope of the mobilization initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the teams that came to the city started cleaning activities with the barriers set up in the marina. It has been learned that the collected mucilage will be taken to a disposal facility in Izmit.
Stating that they resolutely continued the fight against mucilage formed in the Sea of Marmara yesterday, Kurum shared the information, «We cleaned a total of 1197.2 cubic meters of mucilage, together with 464.1 cubic meters of mucilage, on June 11, the fourth day of our mucilage cleaning campaign.»
The Assembly took action for the mucilage problem in the Sea of Marmara and established a research commission. The decision was published in the Official Gazette. 10 proposals of 5 parties with a group in the parliament to investigate the mucilage (sea saliva) problem were combined. The joint proposal was discussed in the General Assembly. Afterwards, the motion to establish a mucilage research commission was accepted. First, 19 members will be selected for the commission. Then the commission will start its activities that will last for 3 months. The opinions of experts and academics will be taken, and mucilage will be discussed in all its aspects.