The coasts of Turkey are being attacked by sea rag, a slimy substance that comes from the reproduction of phytoplankton. The red invasion near Istanbul in Turkey’s Marmara Sea is considered the worst invasion in history, Deseret News reported.
- Fishing, tourism and all coastal activities have been suspended, The Guardian reported.
- Al Jazeera reported that marine and human life are increasingly at risk.
- The Seerotz has been getting worse since December, said CBS News.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a plan to save the sea on Saturday. The plan requires coordination between the Istanbul city government and the central government led by two opposing political parties, Al Jazeera reported.
How do you fight snot?
Erdogan and Environment Minister Murat Kurum announced a multi-part plan to combat the snot invasion, The Guardian reported.
- The Sea of Marmara is becoming a protected area, according to The Guardian.
- The pollution of the Marmara Sea is reduced. An investigation team has begun inspecting sewage facilities to identify sources of pollution, CBS News said.
- Local residents are being encouraged to take part in a cleanup that’s happening this week, The Guardian said.
According to CBS News, these steps will be fully implemented within three years. Controlling pollution will lower nitrogen levels in the water and restore water quality to previous levels, The Guardian said.
Why is the meerkat so problematic?
The slimy substance has already suffocated and killed masses of fish, corals, sponges and other marine life, Al Jazeera said. The persistent snot bloom continues to threaten marine life.
- As snot can harbor dangerous bacteria, experts warn that the slime could lead to a cholera outbreak in Istanbul, a city of 16 million people, Al Jazeera said.
- The mucus bloom has disrupted the fishing industry by killing fish, clogging boat engines and deterring people from eating seafood, Al Jazeera reported.
“We’re going to save our seas from this slime disaster that runs with the Sea of Marmara,” Erdogan told CBS News. “We have to take this step immediately.”