State Units Gathered for Sea Saliva Continuing to Spread in Marmara

State units came together for sea saliva that continues to spread in Marmara
State units came together for sea saliva that continues to spread in Marmara

State units came together against sea saliva (mucilage), which continues to spread in Marmara. IMM and Bandırma On Yedi Eylül University, under the coordination of Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Agriculture, investigate the solution in the field against sea saliva, which cannot be eliminated by sea surface cleaning boats due to its structure.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) took part in the joint work involving the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Bandırma On Yedi Eylül University against the sea saliva (mucilage) spreading in the Marmara Sea since March. In order to find a solution to sea saliva affecting all the coasts of the Marmara Sea, faculty members of the Bandırma Maritime Faculty conduct field research under the coordination of the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Agriculture. IMM also monitors the process in constant contact with other institutions. He gives all the necessary assistance.


Sea saliva is seen for the first time in the Sea of ​​Marmara. Sea surface cleaning boats (DYTT) are being struggled against sea saliva seen as white, light brown and foam. Studies are carried out in deep and wide areas. With the propellers of DYTTs, it is aimed to break down the saliva clusters and collect them. However, due to its fluidity, sticky and liquid-like nature, DYTTs cannot show enough effect against sea saliva.


Experts say the sea saliva will disappear when the seasonal transition period is complete and the sea water reaches a sufficient temperature. The basis for this is the observations made during the disappearance of past algae explosions and descend to the seabed.


Sea saliva is a thick, sticky substance produced by almost all plants and some microorganisms. Sea saliva is a nightmare, especially for fishermen. Sea saliva clinging to fishing nets makes hunting difficult. Cacti, other succulents, and flax seeds are rich sources of sea saliva.

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