Quarantine is impacting Ocean Life

Traverse City Bay and view of Lake Michigan

Picture from Traverse City Michigan Area Visitors Guide

Traverse City Bay and view of Lake Michigan

Connor Laird, Reporter

The longer people are forced to quarantine, the more our ocean life has improved. Ocean life has increased its population, the amount of microplastics found in the ocean has decreased. 

Coronavirus has decreased the noise pollution in our oceans. This is because there are fewer boats on the water including commercial shipping, drilling and any sort of transportation in general and its got a lot quieter and that is good because there are a lot of sound-sensitive organisms such as whales, dolphins and all sorts of situations so anything that needs to use sound to communicate such as echolocation. They finally don’t have anything interrupting them.

Overfishing has stopped and we don’t have as many bottom trolls going and destroying the bottoms of our oceans, and since there is a high demand for food there is definitely still fishing going on but not as much and populations for fish are going up. Scientists estimated that over 50% of global fish docs are recovering or already recovered from being depleted from the early 2000s. So the fish populations are growing and stabilizing for us and our oceans. Also, the humpback whales may have gone to extinction in the early nineties and the eighties there were only a couple hundred of them left and as of 2020, there are now over forty thousand of them and still growing.

Unfortunately, a lot more plastic and microplastic being chucked into our oceans. The reason is all the supply and demand are used with plastic starting from masks, hand-sanitizer bottles, gloves and a lot of that have entered our oceans because most of the time you can only use it once like plastic gloves. 

Do what you can, and take care of your personal protective equipment that right way.