Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Göcek bays enchant freedivers
The number of freediving enthusiasts looking to explore the unique underwater world is growing every day. The clear visibility and water temperatures in the bays of Göcek near Fethiye make them a favourite with freedivers, who enjoy diving freely into the blue waters of the Aegean with little more than a snorkel and a pair of fins and swim in the magical world beneath the sea.
Cleaning efforts end ‘sea snot’ in most of Turkey’s Marmara Sea
Almost one month after the government launched a massive cleaning campaign, the Marmara Sea is largely cleared of “sea snot,” or marine mucilage. The ubiquitous microorganisms had taken hold in the landlocked sea over the past few months. The Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, which spearheads the cleaning efforts, says more than 10,600 cubic meters of sea snot has been collected and disposed of since June 8.
These drone photos taken on July 7 by CTGN in the Marmara area of Istanbul provide evidence of the campaign’s success.
Overall, the mucilage has almost vanished from the southern coast, while it is still present in some parts of the north. Still, it is not as dense as it was before the cleaning campaign.
Experts say a more extensive awareness campaign and tight inspections are needed to prevent a repeat of sea snot in the future.
Turkish parliament approves long-awaited animal rights bill
The Turkish parliament approved a long-awaited animal rights bill on Friday.
According to the bill, the sale of cats and dogs by pet shops will be banned, as such shops are “not suitable for animal health and ethology.”
Animal circuses, water circuses and dolphin parks will also be prohibited.
Cat and dog owners will be required to have digital IDs or registration and will face fines if they abandon their pets.
Under the bill, “animals will no longer be seen as products, but as living creatures,” Mahir Ünal, the party’s deputy parliamentary group chair, told reporters in parliament.
Parliament passed the bill before its summer recess, which will begin next week.
Source: Daily Sabah
Road collapses, survivors evacuated after flood in northern Turkey
Flash floods late on Tuesday led to the collapse of a road where a similar disaster claimed seven lives two years ago in the same place in northern Turkey’s Düzce.
Part of a road connecting the Esmahanım and Uğurlu villages in the province succumbed to the massive waters of a stream that had overflowed its banks after heavy rainfall. Search and rescue crews rushed to the area and saved 47 people who were stranded on the higher ground where they took shelter after the floods. Some climbed onto the roofs of their houses when the lower floors became inundated. Eighty-eight others were evacuated while about 20 people were left still stranded in Esmahanım where a bridge connecting two sides of the village divided by a stream also collapsed.
Workers equipped with bulldozers were working to build an alternative road for access to the villages on Wednesday. Düzce Governor Cevdet Atay told reporters after a visit to the villages that having no fatalities was the only solace. He said the crews worked for hours and they set up a crisis desk to help the locals and restore the roads.
Turkish Red Crescent (Türk Kızılay) set up mobile kitchens in the area to serve food to citizens whose houses were damaged in the areas most affected by the floods.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish airports see 40M passengers in first 6 months of 2021
The number of air passengers in Turkey – including transit passengers – totalled 40 million in the first six months of 2021, the country’s airport authority announced on Wednesday.
The General Directorate of the State Airports Authority (DHMI) data showed that from January-June, the country’s airports served a total of 25 million domestic and 15 million international passengers.
Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Ataturk Airport – both in the country’s largest metropolitan city – saw a total of 19,215 aircraft during the same period.
Airports in the country served 594,286 planes, including overflights. Air cargo traffic registered at around 1.3 million tons, according to the official figures.
While the world aviation sector continues to fight off the fallout from the COIVD-19 pandemic, Turkey was among the countries that successfully managed the process. With effective measures, especially airports’ pandemic certification process, passenger mobility on domestic and international routes rose this January-June.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Training starts for Fethiyespor
Fethiyespor started training for the new season this week. The first training session took place under the supervision of new coach Selahaddin Dinçel at Fethiye Şehir Stadium. Members of the Fethiyespor Club Board of Directors watched from the stands.
The Fethiye youth team are also in training after a years break.
New sponsor for Fethiyspor
A new sponsor for Fethiyespor as Adidas agree to sponsor them for training, camping and match supplies for the 2021-2022 season.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 12.04 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 12.01 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.66 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.68 TL.
The Euro bought 10.28 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.31 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “The road to Elmalı (Antalya)” by Lyn Ward.