Istanbul, contamination in Bosphorus by maks and gloves

Coronavirus also leaves its mark on the Bosporus

Although quarantine and reduced traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic have reduced the amount of garbage, the strait that divides Istanbul is full of gloves and masks.

The Bosporus Strait, Turkey’s busiest shipping crossing that splits Istanbul into two separating Asia from Europe, is also suffering from the coronavirus pandemic due to pollution caused by the accumulation of debris such as gloves and face masks.

Speaking to Turkish media, Isa Şahintürk, the first diver who has been able to take photos and videos from the depths of the Bosporus in three months since the COVID-19 outbreak, says that masks and gloves are now the most common trash found under water.

Although it is true that the amount of garbage that ends up in the Strait has been reduced due to the decrease in movement because of the restrictions and curfews that the pandemic has forced to, the Bosporus continues to be contaminated by the sewage that continues to be dumped, and masks and disposable gloves used to prevent infections often end up in its bottom.

Still, the decline in maritime traffic, the reduction in traffic and noise due to the confinement measures by the coronavirus, and even the temporary ban on fishing, brought unusual scenes to the Bosphorus Strait during the months of March and April, as for example the images of dolphins swimming calmly in the water near the shores of Istanbul.