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29 Turkish Fish Farms Shut Down Over Pollution

by 5m Editor
3 April 2009, at 1:00am

TURKEY - After long debates and a legal process about pollution, 29 fish farms in Mugla will be shut down because they have not been relocated in the past year.

After receiving reports of pollution, deputies from the Parliament’s Environmental Commission investigated fish farms in Mugla’s Güllük and Güvercinlik bays in Turkey’s Aegean region, reports Hurriyet Daily News. Following the investigation, it was decided that the farms should be moved to a new location and that the ones who did not abide would be punished, said Mehmet Sahin, head of the Mugla Environment and Forest Directorate.

As a result, 29 of 133 fish farms were ordered to be shut down, as their time to move expired yesterday, says the news organisation. Those 29 fish farms will also be penalized for the pollution if they continue operation.

A spokesperson for the Mugla Environment and Forest Directorate said the process started a year ago and the fish farms' time has run out.

5m Editor