A man-made reef undertaking applied by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry specializing in defending biodiversity has paid off, with the variety of fish within the nation’s seas rising for the reason that begin of the undertaking in 2009, based on experiences compiled by Anadolu Company (AA) Sunday.
The ministry’s Common Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture has put in synthetic reefs, largely consisting of concrete blocks, to guard and develop aquatic biodiversity, restore degraded ecosystems and develop sustainable aquaculture manufacturing.
The initiatives, named the “Synthetic Reef Purposes Undertaking Planning Information” and the “Nationwide Synthetic Reef Grasp Plan,” embody all the seas surrounding the nation and have seen 75 synthetic reef initiatives applied, together with experimental research.
Due to the unreal environments ready by putting concrete blocks on prime of one another, fish now have an opportunity to cover from sweeping nets and revel in a secure place to breed. In response to the ministry, the variety of fish has risen within the areas the place the initiatives had been applied. The rise has additionally enormously benefited native fishermen.
Concrete blocks used within the nation’s synthetic reef undertaking applied by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry wait to be transferred to seas off the coast of Türkiye, April 23, 2023. (AA Photograph)
Tasks initiated in 2009
The pilot undertaking applied by the ministry between 2009 and 2012 in Edremit Bay, dubbed the “Edremit Bay Pilot Undertaking for the Safety and Improvement of Fisheries Sources with Synthetic Reefs,” utilizing 6,120 concrete synthetic reef blocks and 250 anti-trolling blocks in seven areas was adopted by the “Synthetic Reefs Monitoring Undertaking” carried out between 2013 and 2017 specializing in shut monitoring of the reefs.
Intensive research concluded that there was a rise in aquatic biodiversity, fish eggs, larvae and fish variety in addition to a rise in measurement in quite a few species.
Elsewhere, after acquiring permission from the related establishments and beneath the auspices of the Common Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture, the “Istanbul Synthetic Reef Undertaking” was accomplished and entered its monitoring part in 2019. Equally, in cooperation with the Burhaniye Chamber of Commerce in 2021, the “Burhaniye Synthetic Reef Undertaking” within the Aegean province of Balıkesir was handed on to the monitoring part in addition to the “Erdemli Synthetic Reef Undertaking” within the southern province of Mersin and the “Karataş Synthetic Reef Undertaking” within the Mediterranean province of Adana in 2022.