Main opposition party behind Turkey's 'sea snot' problem, says vice president

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay has pointed the finger at the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for the problem of marine mucilage, more commonly known as sea snot, in the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul.

"It is evident where the CHP mindset has brought our Istanbul,’’ Oktay said in a Twitter post, in which he included an image of the thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, which has overtaken the sea's shores.

The CHP has ruled Istanbul since 2019, after 25 years under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its Islamist predecessor.

Last week, Erdoğan vowed to save the country's shores from "sea snot" building up in its waters, which is damaging marine life and the fishing industry with the country rolling out an action plan to combat the problem.

According to experts, pollution and climate change are to blame for the country’s recent outbreak along large areas of the Sea of Marmara, which connects the Black and Aegean seas. The current mucilage mass along Turkey’s shores is believed to be the biggest in history.

"Let our nation be at ease,’’ Oktay said. "Just as always, the solution to this problem will be the ruling AKP under the leadership of our esteemed president.’’

Erdoğan has blamed untreated sewage being dumped into the sea, as well as rising temperatures, for the sea snot outbreak.

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