HPA News-The records on the distribution of zebra mussels in Turkey are limited. Mussels have already been created some problems at some parts of the distribution areas. In order to rise awareness on Zebra Mussel infestation risk, Hydropolitics Association prepared a preliminary report on Susurluk River Basin .
HPA Director Dursun Yıldız explained the study as follows;
Turkey has had seriously experienced with zebra mussels problems and had started the site investigations, monitoring studies in some dams and irrigation structures in the beginning of 2000’s.
In Turkey, 629 small and large dams ,384 irrigation schemes ,98 water supply systems has been put in operation by State Hydraulic Works (DSİ) since the year of 2005. Private sector has also built 510 river and canal type hydroelectric power plants since 2008. More than 100 small HEPP projects are under construction in different basins. About 550 small dams mainly for irrigation purposes are planned to built in near future. In fact some of them is under construction.
Many of these water storage and diversion structures have completed in places where Zebra mussels were previously identified.
Therefore we as Hydropolitics Association aimed to raise awareness of decision makers, designers and operators about zebra mussels problems that are likeley to increase in Turkey.Susurluk Basin is a basin that zebra mussels were previously identified. We decieded to make a infestation risk assessment and situation analysis in the reservoirs , rivers and streams in the Susurluk River Basin.
In this study, the very valuable report titled Assessment of Zebra Mussel (Dreissena Polymorpha) Infestation Risk Using GIS for Water Basins in the North-West prepared by Teodora Trichkova & at all from Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences helped and gudied us to identify the problem
It is worthwile to mention that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary to address this potential problem.
It should include: management, resources (and other scientists), maintenance, interpretation/education, public affairs, concessions, enforcement efforts and local and private partners.
We hope that the results of the report can be taken as an early warning in the local and national level for preventive measures .
The report is available on