Fighting to save the Gulf of Fethiye

According to Okyay Tirli the Gulf of Fethiye is now calling ‘Mayday! Mayday! Save me!’

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Fighting to save the Gulf of Fethiye

The TEMA Foundation (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats) is a national NGO that plays a crucial role in protecting the country’s unique natural environment.  Trying to protect the waters of the Gulf of Fethiye is just one of their projects but for people who love the town it is very important.


Oktay Tirli, Chairman of the Fethiye branch of TEMA, recently spoke about what is happening in waters of the Gulf of Fethiye.


He began by saying,

“We have been discussing the same thing for years. The Gulf of Fethiye, is gradually filling up with and garbage and soil, which is carried by erosion after the rains. The gulf is now is calling out ‘Mayday! Mayday! Save me!’”

 He continued:

“Streams, rivers and irrigation channels from Seki are carrying soil to the Gulf of Fethiye. The environment is being devastated in many regions. Everyone wants the sea to be azure, to swim in the Gulf and to be awarded the Blue Flag. Immediate action must be taken.”



Tirli also stressed that the submerged boats in the Gulf of Fethiye must be removed at once; otherwise, he said, pollution would be unavoidable. He asked the authorities concerned to take immediate action.


He also discussed the channels leading from Fethiye to the sea:

“With the concrete channels, the gulf is filling up faster. There should have been a continuation of this project but unfortunately it was left half-finished. We kept pointing out that the continuing transport of the mud that is silting up the Gulf into the open sea would not solve the issue and we have been proved right. It was cleaned but has already filled up again.
“We had discussed this matter with Veysel Eroğlu, the Minister of Forestry and Waterworks during his visit to Fethiye and it was decided to carry out an operation similar to the one at the Golden Horn in Istanbul to enable people to swim in the Gulf. The non-governmental organizations in Fethiye must pay a visit to the minister and again ask him to take action. Our people wish to have clean water like it is in Marmaris and Bodrum.”


He concluded his speech by saying,

“The Minister of Forestry and Waterworks must take action to keep the Gulf of Fethiye alive.”




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