There is a shortage of seafood in Greek restaurants. According to the authorities, as a result of this year’s heatwave growers have lost about 50 percent of this year’s mussel production. According to specialists, climate change is to blame for this.
Instead of mussels, breeders caught empty shells. This summer, the air temperature in Greece reached around 45 degrees Celsius, and the water temperature around 28 degrees C. Scientists explain that at high temperatures, a type of marine invertebrate attaches to the clams, which kills them.
According to local authorities, 50 percent of this year’s production has been lost.
– Mussels are cooked in their own environment. We waited for the weather to change, but the heat wave did not pass and all the mussels that were to hit the market in 2021 died. The ones that we kept for the next year also did not survive, complains the mussel breeder Stefanos Sougioultzis. – I’ve been in this business for 26 years and I’ve never seen anything like it – he added.
“We see the climate change with our own eyes”
– When my grandfather opened the tavern in 1947, no one expected that we would get to the point where we would not be able to serve our guests the mussels. We can now see the climate change we heard about on TV with our own eyes, said the owner of the tavern, Eleftherios Stouraitis.
As Professor Basile Michaelides of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki pointed out, ‘if this situation continues, and even more so if it gets worse, we will face even more extreme events.’ – If we do not act, such a scenario will be inevitable – he stressed.
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