Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
Fethiye wastewater treatment plant open to the public
The Muğla Metropolitan Municipality Fethiye Waste Water Treatment Plant is to be opened to the public.
As a result of the recent algal bloom in Fethiye Bay and the debate about the capacity of the treatment facility, the decision has been made to allow the public to visit the site for the next three days (2-3-4 September).
People visiting the treatment facility will be provided with information by site officials about the operation, capacity, incoming water, water being discharged from the site and sludge pools.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
Bodrum Dolpin Park license cancelled
Bodrum Dolphin Park has had its license cancelled after a petition on change.org, which generated 85,000 signatures, was delivered to Bodrum Mayor Ahmet Aras by representatives from Bodrum City Council, Dolphin Freedom Platform and author Buket Uzuner.
Campaigners have been fighting for the closure of the dolphin park for the last eight years and the decision was greeted with applause and tears of joy.
The next step is for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to rehabilitate the dolphins.
Scientists from Gazi University carry out research on algal bloom
Fethiye Mayor, Alim Karaca, spoke about the investigation into the algal bloom in the Gulf of Fethiye carried out by seven scientists from Gazi University .
In a statement on Friday, Karaca said “Tourism in Fethiye means there are thousands of businesses of all kinds increasing the level of pollution in the Gulf of Fethiye. This came to a head with an explosion of algae at the end of May resulting in the algal bloom.
The scientists from Gazi University carried out research in DSI (The General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works) channels finding various plants, mixed phosphates and nitrogen-laden materials. Trout farms use nitrogen and phosphorus-rich feed and the unpurified water reaches the bay”.
Karaca went on to say “We are working together with other authorities to resolve the problem and negotiations with the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and Muğla Metropolitan Municipality MUSKİ are continuing.
Negotiations also continue with the Minister of Environmental Urbanism Murat Kurum. It was a pre-election promise from him that they would clear this bay. In the meantime, we as Fethiye Municipality will do what we can”.
First lady’s waste-saving food bank initiative expanded
Food waste costs Turkey TL 214 billion every year. According to official figures, six million loaves of bread go to waste every day, which is equivalent to the cost of construction for at least 80 hospitals and 500 schools.
First lady Emine Erdoğan’s food bank initiative to cut food waste is now expanding its numbers from 62 to 69 food banks. The number of banks will increase to 81 by the end of 2019.
Food, clothes and cleaning materials are deposited by people at the food banks for delivery to families in need. The initiative, which carries the motto “sharing is gaining,” sets up food banks in cooperation with municipalities and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) who host the banks.
Farmers, food producers, suppliers, retailers, restaurants and wholesalers have also joined the initiative and discarded (but edible) food is delivered to the banks.
The banks are also supplied with items nearing expiration dates, items with packaging errors and import and export surplus.
They work on a supply and demand basis. Donations are made to the banks, and food bank workers visit families in need to determine their primary needs. They then hand out “debit cards” to families with a pre-installed virtual currency for food they need. Cardholders then visit the banks, which are in the form of supermarkets, and can obtain 30-40 different items, from food to cleaning materials.
Food banks currently exist in many cities, from İzmir and Istanbul to Çorum and Hatay. The western city of Manisa has the highest number with 19 food banks.
Source: Daily Sabah
Operation of İztuzu Beach transferred to Ortaca Municipality
The operation of the world famous İztuzu Beach, located in the Ortaca district of Muğla, was officially transferred to Ortaca Municipality this week.
Iztuzu beach, which has been selected as the best open space in the world, is of particular importance as it is the nesting area of loggerhead turtles. Plans for the construction of a hotel in 1988 were stopped by environmentalists and the beach was declared a Special Environmental Protection Area.
The beach was operated by the private sector before being transferred to the Municipality of Dalyan in 2014 under the management of MUÇEV who have since handed the operation of the beach to private company, DALÇEV.
Last week the operation of the beach was handed to Ortaca Municipality by order of Mugla 2nd Administrative Court.
Exhausted baby bobcat put under protection
An endangered baby bobcat in the Black Sea province of Bayburt has been put under protection by authorities, after it was found in a tired and exhausted state.
The bobcat was found in a field by shepherds who notified the authorities. It will be released back into the wild after it has made a full recovery.
The bobcat is catalogued on the red list of threatened species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Source: Daily Hürriyet
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
More transfers this week as Fethiyespor signed a two-year contract with 28-year-old Fatih Üge, a winger from Inegölspor.
They also signed up striker Ozan Karabacak, stopper Serhat Keskinsoy and midfielder Sergen Ekinci.
A great start to the season for Fethiyespor who won their first match at home against Erokspor. The final score was 3-0.
Fethiyespor start the season in first position on the league table.
The next league match is:
Saturday 7th September away against Kocaelispor. Kick off is at 19:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.08 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.07 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.83 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.75 TL.
The Euro bought 6.42 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.47 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth