What is the ‘sea snot’ outbreak in Turkey, and what effect can it have on the marine ecosystem

  • Published
    9th Jun, 2021

GS-III: Environment 

  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
Context

There has been growing environmental concern in Turkey over the accumulation of ‘sea snot’, a slimy layer of grey or green sludge in the country’s seas, which can cause considerable damage to the marine ecosystem.

Prelims question:

What could be the causes for the marine mucilage in the Sea of Marmara?

  1. High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in the Sea of Marmara
  2. Global warming
  3. Overfishing

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Mains Question:

What is causing ‘sea snot’ in the seas of Turkey? How badly can this crisis affect the marine ecosystem as well as on the economy of Turkey? What are the solutions for this crisis?(250 words)

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