The Yellow coral planted on Tavsan Island were observed by diving
One year ago, Yellow Coral Conservation Project was launched with the cooperation of DP World Yarımca, Istanbul University and the Marine Life Conservation Society. The yellow corals, which were transferred from Ayvalık to Tavsan (Rabbit) Island and planted within the scope of the project, were observed with underwater diving by 3 divers today.
Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Marmara yellow corals play a vital role in the underwater ecosystem, but the coral population has reduced over the years due to damage from human interaction and impact caused by changes in sea temperature. Additionally, last year corals died because of heavy mucilage, that covered the corals and blocked breathing and feeding of them.
In this context, DP World Yarımca launched The Yellow Coral Conservation Project in cooperation with Istanbul University and the Marine Life Conservation Society in order to protect against the decreasing population of corals in the Sea of Marmara in 2021. Within the scope of the project, the dive to observe the corals transferred from Ayvalık and planted on Tavsan Island was carried out with the participation of DP World Yarımca CEO Kris Adams. The attendees of the event also watched those moments with the image projected under the see on the television screen.
EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING WILL BE DETECTED WITH 8 UNDERWATER THERMOMETERS
It is stated that the underwater coral bridge established between the Mediterranean and Marmara is planned to be completed by 2024. In addition to the protection and reproduction of corals, 8 underwater thermometers were installed at a depth of 30 meters in Ayvalık to monitor the sea temperature throughout the year. Measurement will also help to reach the data on the effects of global warming in the region.
“WE ALSO WOULD LIKE TO CARRY OUT PROTECTION WORK IN DIFFERENT REGIONS”
Saying that corals, ‘rain forests of the sea’, are a key species for habitat development and formation Board Chairman of the Marine Life Conservation Society Volkan Narci expressed, “We are in a very fragile and sensitive period. Because any step that we will take in regarding the pollution in the Sea of Marmara will also be the protector of the fragile life here. It will make the danger disappear completely at the point where it is critical. This region has also taken under protection by the ministry. Therefore, today we are with corals, which are in the only protected area in Marmara. We made observations by diving. There is a big difference between marine life 20-30 years ago and now. The future life of the Sea of Marmara will provide a holistic approach with these works we have done here. Our concern is the protection of this area and the creation of different protection areas in the Sea of Marmara. Maybe with this project, we can try to protect the future of the Sea of Marmara with the works we will carry out with ministers in different places.”
“IT WAS VERY EXCITING TO WATCH THE RESULTS OF OUR WORK”
On the other hand Kris Adams said, “As people working in ports and seas, our aim is to ensure sustainable ocean life. 20 of our volunteers also supported the transportation of corals in Ayvalık to Tavsan Island. It was very exciting to watch the results of our work here today. It was a great experience for us too. Hundreds of corals have been transported to this area. However, it will take 10-20 years to see the effects of our project. We have learned that corals are creatures that are as important to marine life as rain forests are to our world. We had the chance to see with our divers what a beautiful habitat the Sea of Marmara is to host these corals. In our project, in addition to measures to protect corals, we also undertake to educate future generations about the importance of corals for the ecosystem. In this context, we created an animation video with the main caracter Dolphin Doli to teach children about underwater life and help them understand the value of corals and the steps to be taken to protect them. Dolphin Doli will start explaining the value of corals to students in schools.”