Experts say red algae on Istanbul shores sign of pollution increase in Marmara Sea
The red algae washed up on the shores of Anatolian Side in Istanbul, Turkey is a sign of increasing pollution in the Marmara Sea, an expert has said.
“Algae piling up due to decreased oxygen levels with the effect of the dumped waste reveals the alarming pollution in the Marmara Sea,” said Meriç Albay, Dean of Istanbul University’s Faculty of Aquatic Sciences.
“It proves that waste is still being dumped into the sea. Water and sea temperatures above the seasonal normal levels have lowered the rate of water cycling [in the sea] in this year. With the effects of pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus, these factors open the door to increasing amount of algae,” he added.