Mus­sels to clean Aegean sea­wa­ter, a first in Europe

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Lifestyle -

THE QUAL­ITY of sea­wa­ter around Çeşme, lo­cated on the Aegean coast of İzmir, is to be in­creased by re­leas­ing Mediter­ranean mus­sels into the sea. Un­der­taken by IC Çeşme Ma­rina and Dokuz Eylül Univer­sity in İzmir, the project will be tried out for the first time in Turkey and Europe.

In the first phase of the project, 80 sacks full of Mediter­ranean mus­sels have been re­leased into the wa­ter and af­ter an anal­y­sis phase, more are planned for re­lease.

Although they are con­sid­ered to be an in­va­sive species, the Mediter­ranean mus­sels are known to clean sea­wa­ter by fil­ter­ing it. A sin­gle mus­sel can fil­ter 150 liters of wa­ter a day. Af­ter the first phase, the sea­wa­ter will be tested and the re­sults will be pub­lished as an aca­demic pa­per.

Çeşme is known for its clean wa­ters and is one of the most pop­u­lar sum­mer des­ti­na­tions for beach lovers. How­ever, due to the cur­rents in the area, the sea­wa­ter around the ma­rina was found to be pol­luted by the muddy wa­ter that flows af­ter ev­ery rain, which raises the heavy metal lev­els of the sea­wa­ter.

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