Turkey’s Çeşme Marina is working in cooperation with the Aqua Group and Dokuz Eylül University’s Faculty of Aquaculture to help clean seawater through the use of mussels.

Together they are increasing the number of mussels living inside the marina’s waters in an attempt to cut down on aquatic pollution and improve the quality of the water. Mussels are known to filter the water around them when searching for phytoplanktons to eat.

During the first phase of the project, Çeşme Marina released 20 sacks of Mediterranean mussels into the water and has since released another 80. A scientific group from Dokuz Eylül University will check the ratio of heavy metals inside the mussels regularly and will publish an academic report after one year.

It is thought to be the first time that this eco-friendly method has been used in Europe.

Can Akaltan, general manager of Çeşme Marina, says: “We are excited to conduct this project and aim to become a model for Turkish and European companies. If we can succeed we will recommend this to all marinas.”

Akaltan said that when there is too much rain, muddy waters enter the marina from a nearby stream which causes problems for yachts inside the marina. It is said that one mussel can filter 150 litres water depending on its type and living area.

Çeşme Marina, a joint investment of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas and IC Holding, is located in the Çeşme region of Izmir and has a berth capacity of 400 at sea and 100 on land.