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25.10.2008

Sea used as dumpsite

A campaign to clean the sea by the Datça Society for Environment and Tourism, or DAÇEV, has proven that the sea is often used as a dumpsite.

Six divers have now removed three tons of garbage from Turkish waters, varying from tires to cell phones and iron pipes. The garbage was loaded onto a tractor and carried to the town's landfill.

DAÇEV Chairman Yolande Aydemir, a Swede who has been living in Turkey for 35 years, said the only way to protect the seas is to implement environmental consciousness. "You may put warning signs against dumping in the sea, but that will not work," she said. "That is why we organize seminars in schools on the importance of protecting the environment. Those kids will be environmental volunteers when they grow up."