Pollution concerns, why are the seas foaming?


Lerato Khumalo

The foam pollution that emerged on the Bosphorus and Marmara coasts in June has also emerged on the blue shores of the Mediterranean with the arrival of summer. While small-scale foam clusters formed by the ‘meltem’ wind, especially on the Antalya coast, create concerns for the coming days; it is stated that similar images are occasionally encountered on the Aegean coast. While experts draw attention to the pollution load formed on both the Antalya coast and the Bodrum coast with the increasing population, it has also been stated that the tourist season and the density of boats increase the organic waste problem.

Foaming has been seen on Lara and Konyaaltı beaches and even on the cliffs for the last 2 years.


Dr. Erol Kesici, Science Advisor of the Turkish Nature Conservation Association, stated that the environmental problem seen on the Antalya coasts is caused by organic pollution and said, “It is inevitable that we will see bigger environmental problems in the near future. The foaming problem is caused by organic pollution. There is also an increase in plastic waste on our coasts. Many citizens and tourists think that the foaming that occurs on the coasts at certain intervals is bubbles left by ships and boats. However, the cause of the problem is the increase in domestic and sewage waste. If precautions are not taken now, more troublesome pictures will be seen in the near future. The amount of organic matter in the Mediterranean is increasing day by day.” he spoke.


Dursun Yıldız, former Deputy Head of Department of State Hydraulic Works (DSİ) and Head of Water Policies Association, drew attention to the fact that the environmental problems that are constantly brought to the agenda specifically for the Marmara Sea are also valid for the Aegean and Mediterranean waters, and said: “Measures should be taken to eliminate the foam clusters that occur due to coastal winds on the Antalya coast. “Increasing human activities on the coasts are an important factor in foaming. Domestic and industrial waste reaches the seas and pollution in the seas increases, disrupting the ecosystem balance.”


Bandırma 17 Eylül University Maritime Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sarı also drew attention to the fact that foaming is caused by the increase in organic waste, and said, “The foam that many people think of as bubbles created by ships or boats is the result of the excessive proliferation of certain algae groups. “The discharge of cleaning materials into the sea without purification also causes environmental pollution.” said

Prof. Dr. Sarı; While drawing attention to the fact that not only bilge waste but all waste accumulated on boats should not be released into the sea, he said, “Waste should be delivered to ports or marinas under appropriate and specified conditions. The ‘World Maritime Organization’ has very severe sanctions on this issue. Boats should be strictly inspected.”


Prof. Dr. Meriç Albay (Istanbul University, Faculty of Aquatic Sciences, Department of Marine and Inland Water Resources Management)

“I go to Çıralı beach in Antalya every year. In recent years, foaming has occurred after 17:00 in the evening. The increase in organic load poses a risk for the Mediterranean. With the increase in population in touristic resorts in the south, the use of sunscreen has also increased. Creams can cause layering on the surface. Ship passages in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas and boats must be strictly inspected within the scope of waste control.“We must protect our seas.”

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Plastic pollution in the seas is also increasing as a result of the recklessness.


On the other hand, due to plastic pollution, garbage piles occasionally form on the Bosphorus line, and the images that emerge reveal the endless rudeness. Especially along the line from Kuruçeşme Park to Rumeli Hisarı, it is possible to see plastic bottles, plastic cups, food cans and even condoms from time to time. The most intense pollution area is between Beşiktaş and Rumeli Hisarı.

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