Jon Gaskell of the Capital News Service had an interesting feature about how invasive species are threatening Michigan shipwrecks.
Valerie Van Heest, director of Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates in Holland, said those conditions make Michigan one of the best states for underwater exploration.
“A new shipwreck discovery that is shared with the public can generate an immediate tourist draw to the region,” Van Heest said. “These tourists infuse dollars in food, gas, lodging and land-based attractions.
“Consider the 1996 discovery of the wreck of the Three Brothers at South Manitou Island. That discovery brought reportedly over 1,200 people to the island that summer alone, specifically to dive or snorkel the shallow wreck,” Van Heest said
…But cultural and economic resources like these wrecks are deteriorating, according to the DEQ. The department blames human intervention and invasive species like quagga and zebra mussels.
Read on for more. The you can find much more about Michigan shipwrecks on Absolute Michigan. For some contrast between what the here’s a wreck near South Haven encrusted with mussels and the much more pristine wreck of the Bermuda near the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore below.