Moulds to clean up the marina of Cesme

Moulds on a port entry tag

The Turkish marina of Cesme is experimenting with the introduction of wild mussels to combat water pollution in its basins. These tests, conducted by the Camper & Nicholsons Group company, open up prospects for the ecological operation of marinas and sustainable development in the nautical industry.

Mediterranean mussels to clean the marina

The marina of Cesme, in the Izmir region of Turkey, founded by British luxury marina specialist Camper & Nicholsons and IC Holding, is launching an unprecedented experiment in water quality management. In collaboration with Aqua Group and the aquaculture faculty of Dokuz Eylul, the port teams will introduce mussels into the basins. The shell is known for its filtration capacities which can reach 150 liters throughout its digestion work. Taking advantage of this phenomenon, the system must make it possible to regulate water quality, as part of a sustainable development approach.

Scientific monitoring

First operation of its kind in Europe, the trials are monitored by scientists. 100 bags of mussels have been introduced into the port since the launch of the campaign. Researchers at Dokuz Eylul University will regularly monitor heavy metal levels in shellfish and publish a report after the first year.

Trials that will benefit the sector

Can Akaltan, director of the port of Cesme, is delighted with the operation with our colleague Bahar Öztürk. "We are excited to be leading this project and aim to become a model for Turkish and European companies. If we succeed, we will recommend this method to all marinas."

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