Marmara's pinas offers hope for mucilage recovery

In the wake of the mucilage disaster that plagued the Marmara Sea in 2021, a surge in the population of pinas, a type of mussel with natural filtration capabilities, has offered a glimmer of hope for the troubled ecosystem.

According to experts, there has been a remarkable surge in the population of pinas, which is known for its capacity to filter up to six liters of water per hour.

The resurgence of pinas, which are protected to combat mucilage and ensure their continued existence, has been steadily gaining momentum. Mustafa Sarı, a professor at Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University, has confirmed that an unprecedented average of 70 pinas per 100 square meters can now be found in the sea, signaling a promising milestone.

The expert emphasized that the Marmara Sea boasts the world's most substantial deposits of these remarkable creatures. Sarı contends that if the waste load in the sea can be reduced by 60 percent, it could potentially return to its pre-mucilage state within a five-year span.

"To achieve this goal, we must diligently address both domestic and industrial waste originating from numerous industrial facilities. Our success hinges on protecting this organism, which has the incredible ability to filter six liters of seawater in just one hour," he stressed.

Sarı also shed light on the pinas' growth potential. "During their lifetime, pinas typically reach an average length of 120 centimeters. However, in the past, we've only encountered pinas measuring between 40 and 50 centimeters in this region. More recently, we've observed pinas as long as 70 centimeters, signifying robust growth and their potential for long-term survival," he remarked.

Highlighting a recent concern, Sarı discussed the commencement of intense...

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