Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
Ministry of Environment and Urbanization issues statement on pollution in Fethiye Bay
The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, General Directorate of EIA Permit-Inspection, have released a written statement on their investigation into why the Gulf of Fethiye has experienced an algal bloom, causing the water to turn yellow and green.
According to the statement, the biggest contributor to the pollution is infrastructure problems and inadequate capacity at Muğla Metropolitan Municipality wastewater treatment facilities in Fethiye, causing an excessive increase in phosphorus and nitrogen in the marine environment.
The report made reference to Environmental Law No. 2872 and Metropolitan Municipality Law No. 5216 which state it is the responsibility of the Metropolitan Municipality to carry out water and sewerage services and to establish, install and operate the necessary facilities for this purpose.
The 2nd stage construction of the Fethiye Wastewater Treatment Plant by Muğla Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization has started. However, despite warnings, the wastewater is discharged into the sea without sufficient treatment at the facility, which has been operating over capacity for more than six years.
In the summer season of 2013, the maximum planned output water flow rate at the Fethiye Wastewater Treatment Plant was 23,514 cubic meters. The actual output water flow was 33,000 cubic meters per day.
The Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urban Planning of the Governorship of Muğla, have issued two official warnings requiring the construction of the second stage of the Fethiye Wastewater Treatment Plant. Despite the warnings, the facility has been working over capacity for more than six years and wastewater is discharged into the sea without adequate treatment.
We haven’t received any information on what action is being taken to resolve the problem however, we will bring you further news as we receive it.
Stargazing enthusiasts gather for festival in Antalya
Stargazing enthusiasts gathered for the annual astronomy festival hosted by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in Antalya this week.
The National Sky Observation Festival was held at TUBITAK’s National Observatory campus located at the Saklikent ski resort at an altitude of 2,000 meters (6,560 feet).
Among the attendees were Mesut Yilmaz, an astrophysicist at Ankara University, and Umut Yildiz, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
Amateurs as well as professional astronomers also attended the festival.
“This sky fest has been organized for 20 years and is growing every year. It is an important event in the sense of a meeting of science and society. Astronomy is the only science where important discoveries are made by amateur astronomers” TUBITAK said in a statement.
As well as various seminars on astronomy, the festival included workshops, exhibitions, contests and observation with telescopes to learn about the sky and celestial bodies..
Source: Anadolu Agency
Turkey restricts cars, construction near Lake Salda
Turkish authorities have restricted road traffic and construction around Lake Salda, which is also known as Turkey’s Maldives due to its crystal clear water.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday in the northwestern province of Sakarya, Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said a 295-kilometer (183.3-mile) area around the lake has been declared a protected area.
Kurum said they were acting on complaints filed by visitors to the area six months ago.
“Vehicles coming to the lakeside will damage the natural beauty. From now on, no vehicles will be allowed in the area “ he said.
He also added that no construction will be allowed along 500 to 600 meters of the lakeshore, other than showers, changing rooms and a mosque.
Turkey’s first lady Emine Erdogan also drew attention to the issue and said Lake Salda was one of Turkey’s rare beauties.
The lake in the northwestern Burdur province has been a popular destination for tourists in recent years with its white beach and clear water.
Antalya in the lead to become one of the most popular diving spots in Europe
With its 640 kilometers of coastline and hundreds of beaches, Antalya in southern Turkey welcomes millions of holiday makers every year.
Since their unveiling, Antalya’s 222 diving sites have drawn around 1,000 scuba divers every day, all keen to explore the underwater world of the Mediterranean.
Its location in the eastern Mediterranean ecosystem creates crystal -clear waters, natural reef zones, and a wide range of biodiversity and aquatic species that migrate from the Red Sea, putting Antalya in the lead to become one of the most popular diving spots in Europe.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
With the 2019/2020 season almost here, Fethiyespor are playing a number of pre-season matches whilst they are at boot camp in Afyon.
TFF 3rd Division 2nd Group 2019/20 season fixtures
The first match the season is at home against Erokspor A.Ş. on 01 September 2019
In the meantime, transfers continue with the signing of a 2 + 1 year contract with 22 year-old stopper, Mert Özmen from Pazarspor.
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Young football players eye career goals in Turkey
Young football players gathered in sport camps this week in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya with big dreams of playing for teams in Europe.
The young talents 16-19 of age – chosen from football academies in their native countries – hope to be selected to the youth teams of Turkey’s professional football clubs after exercise scrimmages and training sessions.
Mehmet Ali Gürboğa, who is the head of an agency firm, told Anadolu Agency that young people studying in football academies in Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Kuwait and Iraq had been invited to the sports camps organized in Antalya, Turkey.
Emphasizing the great potential in Turkey’s football industry, Gürboğa said they had been hosting many football teams for years.
“Foreign teams love Turkey and Antalya a lot,” he said, adding that apart from being tourism-rich, Antalya was also a city of football.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 6.76 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.02 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.55 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.67 TL.
The Euro bought 6.18 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.32 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth