Consumption of “risky” mussels and groundfish in the face of mucilage invasion

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ISTANBUL

As efforts continue in a massive clean-up campaign launched by Turkish authorities to lift the Sea of ​​Marmara out of the mucilage calamity, locals are hesitant and worried about consuming seafood from the sea. .

As Turkish experts warn against consuming mussels and groundfish due to the pollution that causes marine mucilage, citizens voice their questions regarding the consumption of fish and other sea creatures on media platforms social.

Speaking to the Milliyet daily, Nuray Erkan, scholar and aquatics expert at Istanbul University, said she considers eating mussels and groundfish to be risky due to the pollution that causes mucilage. .

Erkan noted that aquaculture products with poor meat yield and nutritional content are expected this season because they cannot find enough nutrients in the environment created by the mucilage.

“Fish such as anchovy, bonito and horse mackerel, which are the most consumed by the Turks, were spawning in this process. We will see how much the mucilage has damaged these stocks with the start of the fishing season, ”she said.

Warning against consuming mussels, the academic said mussels should be eaten with more caution due to current pollution, noting that these creatures feed on whatever they can get in their habitats.

Yeşim Büyükateş, an academic from Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, said there was no harm in consuming migratory fish living in open water, but cautioned against fishery products obtained in areas where the mucilage was dense.

“It is recommended not to consume raw aquaculture products caught in areas with mucilage problems during this period,” she said.

Over the past two months, Turkey’s Sea of ​​Marmara has been inundated by a thick, viscous layer of sludge called mucilage, which feeds on pollution and high temperatures.

Mucilage is a layer of gelatinous silt that develops on the surface of the water due to the overgrowth of microscopic plants called phytoplankton, seriously threatening the marine biome.

Meanwhile, Turkish teams collected nearly 9,400 cubic meters of mucilage from the Sea of ​​Marmara over the three weeks, Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said.

Kurum also said an administrative fine of Turkish Lira 15.6million was imposed on 125 companies that failed to comply with the rules on the 23rd day of inspections as part of the fight against illegal wastewater discharge. in the Sea of ​​Marmara.


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