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Thread: Condition of Coral - Sept. 2017

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    Default Condition of Coral - Sept. 2017

    Hello Friends,

    We're wondering how the coral is and how the snorkeling is in Bonaire now. We realize that while Bonaire was not hit by the recent hurricanes, the shallow area coral and sea life may have been affected. Thanks so much if anyone who has snorkeled within the past 6 weeks can comment.

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    Condition of Coral is a relative assessment, relative to other islands and relative to years ago.

    Coral, sponges, fish, and water quality is better in Little Cayman than Bonaire. Bonaire is better than some other islands. Some of the shallow coral, especially South, has been seriously damaged in the last year from storms. Most of the stuff in the shallows at Pink Beach is gone. Other areas, especially North, are generally fine (no storm damage) though continuing their slow deterioration. The visible damage in the shallows is to the hard corals. The soft corals seem to be doing all right.

    I've been doing Bonaire for two weeks every September for more than 20 years. When comparing to years past, everything except the red algae and the particulate in the water column is doing worse. It seems every year there are fewer of the "seafood" creatures. Fewer fish, fewer octopus, fewer squid, fewer turtles,..... There still seems to be enough that daily fishermen are fishing both on and inside the reefs from their little boats.

    It seems those who run Bonaire have decided their future income is not in divers. It's a shame.

    Bonaire seems to be doing a good job managing lionfish. There were fewer this year than the last few.

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    local fishing is only allowed in the areas not set aside by Stinapa as Marine Reserves of which there are 2 very large ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petri hausmann View Post
    local fishing is only allowed in the areas not set aside by Stinapa as Marine Reserves of which there are 2 very large ones.

    What "is" and what "is allowed" are two very different things.

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