Investigation of benthic marine litter in the Yumurtalık Fishing Port

Özgür Yılmaz, Celal Erbaş, Mahmut Ali Gökçe


Marine litter, which can be seen in almost all seas in recent years, is a serious problem for the environment. Similarly, the same problem also exists in Turkey's seas. This study was carried out in 4 different areas, each of which is 100m², in the Yumurtalık Fishing Port in İskenderun Bay. Marine litter was removed from the seabed by diving in these selected areas in April 2016 and June 2017. In the study, a total of 157.2 kg of rubber (49.5%), 118.9 kg of glass (37.4%), 21.61 kg of plastic (6.8%) and 19.94 kg of metal (6.3%) marine litter were detected and removed. It was determined that the marine litter extracted in 2017 was less by weight compared to 2016 (p<0.05). Although collecting marine litter from underwater reduces their amount, it appears to occur again the next year. Our result shows that different solutions should be produced to reduce marine litter.


Marine litter; Sea pollution; Environment; Diving; İskenderun Bay

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