Mediterranean No Mass Pina Population Left

Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University Maritime Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sarı said that the increase in sea water temperatures due to climate change caused the mass death of pinas in the Mediterranean. Pinas, an endemic shell mussel species unique to the Mediterranean basin, are distributed up to 60 metres deep from the shore. Pinas, which have an average lifespan of 50 years and can reach up to 120 centimetres in length, are described as the natural filter of the marine ecosystem thanks to their ability to filter 6 litres of sea water per hour and clean untreated wastes. Stating that the sea water temperatures in the Mediterranean basin are 2 degrees higher than the 50-year average, Sarı explained that the energy and heat storage capacities of the waters are five times higher than the soil, for this reason, sea waters cannot cool as fast as the soil and the accumulation effect increases over time and negatively affects the pines.


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