Today I have just this very short piece on the Crimean Bridge. This is in the way of a Russian “I told you so” refutation of those nay-sayers who had claimed the new bridge across the Kerch Strait would massively harm the ocean ecology.
Well, most smart people didn’t listen to these nay-sayers anyhow, since they had been wrong about everything else. Like the boy who cried wolf, they had employed every possible argument to whip up hysteria against the building of the bridge. Using one excuse after another. The main reason they didn’t like it, is because of the geopolitical implications for the Ukraine. But they had to find other reasons to get other people to not like it. Despite all of which hysterical negativity, the bridge was built anyhow, right in their faces. And the Russian government and builders, from what I can see, have behaved quite responsibly in taking ecological concerns into account. The VZGLIAD piece reports that, since 2015, quarterly assessments have been conducted of the waters, the flora and fauna therein. Specialists from the Azov Scientific-Research Facility, which is responsible for auditing Russian fisheries, have been monitoring the situation of piscine and water mammals inhabiting the Kerch Strait; and any effect the bridge has on their lives and well-being.
Oksana Fursova is the Chief Engineer for Conservation of the “Taman” Federal Highway Agency, whose acronym has the unfortunate (in English) initials FKU. According to their webpage, FKU was created in the fall of 2014 as part of a massive 6-year Federal project to rebuild the infrastructure of Crimea and the Free City of Sebastopol. Besides roads and highways, the main object here being, of course, The Bridge.
Oksana: “In the course of routine monitoring in the Kerch Strait, scientists have determined that all the biological processes of the ocean milieu are taking place without interruption; in fact, the pylons of the Crimean Bridge are acting as an attractive feeding ground for fish; who, in turn, are attracting a large number of (sea) mammals.”
Oceanographers have also noted, that fish fries are able to hide in the shadow of the bridge, thus escaping the attention of predators. And in general, the pylons and other structure of the bridge are not hampering, in any way, the normal massive migration of fish to their winter homes and back.