Under the coordination of the Ministry of Environment, mucilage surveys were carried out in the Sea of Marmara with the cooperation of the Institute of Marine Science and Management of Istanbul University and the Institute of METU Marine Science. As a result of the conducted studies, scientists made a statement about the Alemdar-2 research vessel belonging to the METU Institute of Marine Sciences. It was said that the research vessel, in which 15 people continue to work, will continue its work in the Sea of Marmara.
“WE DIDN’T FIND ANY FINDING REGARDING MUSILAGE”
Director of the Institute of Marine Science Management of Istanbul University, Prof. Dr. Cem Gazioğlu said: “We carried out this study as Istanbul University Institute of Marine Science and Management and METU Institute of Marine Science under the coordination of the Ministry of Environment. After the latest hearings and opinions regarding this mucilage, we moved south from the Bosphorus as we did yesterday. We took the samples in the Bosphorus. After taking our measurements from our routine stations in the south around the islands, we went to Tuzla As of this morning we arrived in the Gulf of Izmit, departing from Tuzla around 06:30 At the sampling stations in Denizli, where it operates, these are routine stations We took our samples We visited all coordinates and areas that were shown, indicated or reported to us, but were unable to make any significant findings.At some stations, camera imagery along the water column provided us with ns also received. But frankly, we found no evidence of a mucilage here either. We found different things, but it doesn’t seem possible that they could be related to mucilage. What we will say at this point is not that we encountered mucilage in this study. But after this time we will continue to the mentioned points from Tuzla. Some reports indicate that there are formations in the islands. We will also visit them. We will take our samples if available. From now on, our course will continue like this,” he said.
“SOME RESULTS THAT MAY BE POLLEN”
Continuing his speech, Gazioğlu said: “There are issues shared with the public. There are findings that it might be pollen. We have a pollen lab at Istanbul University. We are planning to deliver the samples that we are taking here as soon as possible. We are also working on this issue with different groups. Obviously the results will be clear next week. We are not at the point where we can say “yes, it is it” on this issue. There is no risk,” he said.
“THE OXYGEN SITUATION IS NOT BETTER COMPARED TO LAST YEAR”
METU Institute of Marine Sciences Doc. Dr. Mustafa Yücel said: “Currently, two institutions, METU Marine Science Institute and Istanbul University Marine Science and Management Institute, alternately visit Marmara, especially since last year, under the MARMOD project. In particular, our Istanbul University is following the very closely. We have the best-studied dataset for decades. This is how we can answer your questions anyway. Thanks to the data that we have obtained, in particular thanks to the MARMOD project, we can in fact say the following. This is a project that started due to the lack of oxygen. We are doing additional expeditions with mucilage, extra swabs. Also today In fact, such a day. Unfortunately, the oxygen situation is not better than last year. First of all, we have to reveal it. This time had an advantage. For the first time, both institutions have tried to make maximum measurements by improving our methods with the same methods. For example, we METU Science in our end of March results It really measures the end of March results of the ship and the current results of the Alemdar ship. For example, a very serious oxygen deficiency still persists in the Gulf of Izmit. Unfortunately, the bottom waters of this bay are now covered with hydrogen sulphide waters throughout the year. Unfortunately, the oxygen shortage is no better than last year. The system is still heavily loaded with nitrogen and phosphorus. “We really have to point that out,” he said.
“EVERY ELEMENT OF MUSILAGE WILL BE EXAMINED”
Yücel said: “Actually, it is important to see the mucilage and the pollen on the surface. There is the Marmara action plan. On that, a strategic action plan was created and accepted. The Scientific Council of Marmara Sea Mucilage was established.Especially under the coordination of our President TUBITAK and as a result of all these efforts, we can say that the Sea of Marmara has expanded from one point to another. Pollen or not, organic composition, it will all come together,” he said.
“WE ARE FOUNDING ‘MARMARA DIGITAL TWIN'”
Speaking about the Marmara Sea studies, Yücel said, “We are in the process of establishing a ‘digital twin of Marmara’ right now by collaborating with all institutions using all the results. It will truly be a worldwide digital twin that will include research that includes groundbreaking scientific stuff. What is it, actually. The true twin of the Sea of Marmara, but a digital twin. All the processes of the Sea of Marmara will be modeled here in three dimensions. Its oxygen, its mucilages, its fish. All of this will be And this will be made available to our managers as a management tool, a decision-making tool. twin in force as soon as possible and put it into service as soon as possible.”