Turkey’s environment minister says Yalova and Balikesir were among the cities where most of the mucilage was removed.
Turkey has collected a total of 2,684 cubic meters (94,784 cubic feet) of mucilage from the Marmara Sea over the past seven days.
Sharing the latest updates on efforts to clean up the waters, Turkey’s Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum said on Tuesday that ongoing operations were progressing well and that the collected mucilage had been sent to his disposal.
The northwestern province of Yalova, Istanbul and the western province of Balikesir were among the areas where most of the mucilage has been cleared, he said.
“In 1,438 inspections we conducted on June 14, we 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 “sea snot,” is an overgrowth of microscopic algae called phytoplankton and is caused by rising seawater temperatures due to global warming, water stagnant and pollution.
On June 6, Turkish authorities announced a 22-point action plan to remove a wave of mucilage that covered parts of the Sea of Marmara in the northwest of the country.
The mucilage, accumulated mainly in Mudanya, Gemlik Bay, Gebze and its environs, the coastal areas on the Anatolian side of Istanbul and around the Princes’ Islands, also partially covered the shores of the Sea of Marmara.
The substance covering the central northwest coast of Yalova province was dispersed by the wind in the coastal areas of Cinarcik and Armutlu districts, as well as in the town of Esenkoy, which are major tourist centers.