Amateurs or professionals, hunters on the coast of The Bosphorus seems to be suffering from a downfall in fish stock.
Desperate fishermen watched Sunday glow as the trawler hoisted a huge net net out of water of Bosphorus. Net off they shout from the shore eagerly to get their hooks back In the depths of This strait runs through Istanbul. “I’ve been here since six in the morning, but a trawler came and brought her down nets. that prevent us Exactly,” Mehmet Doğan grumbled up Only after being caught one All-day fish, 40 cm (16 in) bonito.
It is high season for popular variety of tuna, with Shallow waters teem across the Bosphorus Strait on they way From the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. But the stretched across the strait they hunt nets more over a kilometer (3,280 ft). anglers like Dugan who Crammed shoulder to shoulder along Banks says nets Leave them with Low chance and fish with even less.
fish stock in Saadet Karakulak said that the Bosporus collapsed severely of Istanbul University. In the space of In a few years, transportation has decreased from 500,000 to 600,000 tons a year to 328,000 tons, she said, “evidence of diminishing stocks.”
“Because of These boats, fish can’t enter the Bosphorus Strait,” coarse fisherman Murat Ayhanoglu, standing in Kerikburnu Bay on Europeans side. They can’t lay their eggs here.
nearby on Görenler II, a 35-meter trawler, the crew moved in a net weighing down with fish. There is no chance of catching Anything on the boats like Ayhanoglu said staggering here off a list of Fish are getting rarer than ever in Bosphorus, mackerel, anchovy, pecarel and bluefish.
You can’t do that. Stock in danger … we need Sustainability,” said Bayram Ozturk, head of Department of Marine Biology at Istanbul University, ca decision by government To close traffic in the Bosphorus Strait allow commercial fishing boats for half day this month. The decision It was later cancelled. He said it was time for Quotas on some species, with anchovies currently threatened.
Plastic waste, pollution and heavy marine traffic also destruction of fish stocks in one of The world’s business Shipping lanes, Ozturk warned, who he is also director of Turkish Marine Research Foundation.
From container ships to tankers to bulk carriers transporting much-needed Ukrainian grain world markets, more More than 200 ships a day pass across the Bosphorus Strait. Ozturk said the strait is only 760 meters wide at its narrowest point need To be managed by the regionnations. “Fish doesn’t have a passport. Hmm spawn on Ukrainian side (of Black Sea), travel to Turkish side And it may end up eaten on Greek island.
He said competition between fishing vessels was “fierce”. captain Serkan Karadeniz as his boat waits to leave the pier to fish for Bonito, having chased them all away way Of which home Harbor of Samson on Northern coast of Turkey. Görenler has come from all over the world way From Çanakkale on Aegean Sea.
“The period from October to November is the time when fish migrate to Marmara and the Aegean Sea,” Erdogan Kartal said. head of Fishing Cooperative in Istanbul. 60-year-Old, who He had been fishing since he was a boy, and said the fish “got smaller and smaller.”
“We have started catch Unprecedented fish chance to me spawn, which is dangerous. “Mackerel, which was once in abundance, is no longer seen.” Where is the beautiful mackerel that we used to eat every day? ” should is being set.
“We have to make some sacrifices,” he said. “If we allow fish passAnd they will come back.”