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Syrian oil spill threatens marine life on Turkish coast



A massive oil slick from Syria’s Mediterranean coast has started to flow again to the southern shores of Turkey after previously reversing direction due to the winds, raising concerns among experts.

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Stressing that marine life on Turkey’s southern coasts is critically endangered, experts stressed that oil waste that continues to spill into the Mediterranean Sea could reach the coasts next week.

Stating that it was suspected that the oil slick would move towards Cyprus, Sedat Gündoğdu, an expert from Çukurova University, noted that the waste had reached the coast from Samandağ to Hatay due to a vortex off the coast of the island.

He said it takes around 10 days for something pouring into the sea from Syria to reach Turkish shores.

Gündoğdu added that the slick can reach the shores of Adana first, then Antalya since 10 days have passed after the leak.

He said authorities can at least collect the waste with surface cleaning vessels, adding that the direction of the slick can only be changed with barriers, which is not a definitive solution to avert a disaster. environmental.

“We are facing a situation which threatens marine life,” said GündoÄŸdu, adding that the slick could cause serious problems to the marine ecosystem and lead to mass death of fish or sink into the seabed and destroy there. life.

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On August 23, a fuel tank containing about 12,000 cubic meters of fuel from the exhausted Syrian thermal power plant in Baniyas began to leak into the Mediterranean Sea.

Sinan Can, the head of the Mersin branch of the Chamber of Environmental Engineers, stressed that possible oil pollution would cause crucial problems on the Mediterranean coasts.

“If petroleum-derived materials are observed in Mersin and there is a serious situation of surface cover, fishing activities will be halted,” noted Can, stressing that Mersin is an important fishing town.

Noting that the oil spill threatens marine life in the Mediterranean Sea, WWF Turkey Director General Aslı Pasinli stressed that the coasts of the eastern Mediterranean are among the places that could be affected by the spread of the oil spill.

Pasinli said the coasts of Mersin, Adana and Hatay are the most intense nesting areas for endangered green sea turtles in the Mediterranean basin.

The baby turtles hatch from their eggs and reach the sea until October, she added.

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“Iskenderun Bay is important for fishing and oil pollution is a serious threat to fishermen in this region. A serious threat to marine protected areas on the eastern coasts of the Mediterranean, ”she noted.

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