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Locals protest pollution in Taşlı Cove

BODRUM - Doğan News Agency | 9/10/2009 12:00:00 AM |

The beach in Taşlı Cove has turned into a dumpsite with waste from fish farms. The people living near the beach in Güllük Bay protested the pollution Thursday.

The beach in Taşlı Cove has turned into a dumpsite with waste from fish farms. The people living near the beach in Güllük Bay protested the pollution Thursday.

The cove used to be a stop for boats on “blue voyages,” the locals argued, adding that no precautions have been taken to prevent pollution.

Mustafa Karaca, one of the summerhouse owners who joined the protest, said the relocation of fish farms in the region has negatively affected more than 20 coves. “The fish farms have been moved to the spot where the cove opens to the sea,” said the retired agricultural engineer. “Their entire waste is carried to this beach. In addition to that, the beach has been filled with unregistered buildings; a pier, a few shacks. As you can see, barrels and fishing nets have replaced the tourists swimming here.”

Jale Coşkun, manager of a housing complex in the area, said she had applied to the governor’s office, the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Environment and Forestry Ministry to prevent the pollution, but nothing has been done.

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