|By Sheila K (BonaireTalker - Post #67) on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 2:37 pm:|
Anyone have any insight on this message? This was posted on TripAdvisor from someone after I replied to a poster asking about the diving on Bonaire. (which I feel has great diving!) I am not familiar enough with this possible sewage problem and fishing problem. Thanks for any help!
|By Lizard0924 (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #502) on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 2:45 pm:|
Evidence of the sewage leaching problem is quite evident, particularly on some of the northern sites.
|By Lloyd H (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #648) on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 3:44 pm:|
Sheila K's comment is pretty much right on .
|By Pauline Kayes (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #310) on Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 12:26 pm:|
The comment on TripAdvisor is absolutely accurate. And the sewage problem is getting even worse with not only all the poop of locals and visitors dumped in trenches, which have begun to overflow with all the rain (so they have made even more trenches), but also poop from cruise ships, like the Freewinds and the Discovery (WHICH IS ILLEGAL so someone is getting paid off here).
|By Antoine Dodson (BonaireTalker - Post #94) on Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 1:56 pm:|
(WHICH IS ILLEGAL so someone is getting paid off here)
|By Menno (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #388) on Friday, February 25, 2011 - 9:10 am:|
Elections are on March 2nd. Make it happen I would suggest. Lobbying around is proven to be unsuccessful......
|By Bruce M. Kemp (BonaireTalker - Post #38) on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 1:44 am:|
The coral bleaching is much worse than it was just 18 months ago. Sea lettuce is over-running huge areas of reef. Red algae is on the reef and covering huge areas of sand. The lionfish population is growing exponentially. Other fish species have practically disappeared. "Gin Clear" used to describe Bonaire's waters- no longer. Visibility is down to 30-50 feet. Not long ago visibility exceeded 100 feet nearly everywhere off Bonaire. What is that gunk suspended in the water? I've only been diving Bonaire's reefs since 1995. The degradation of the reef since then is severe. The reefs of Bonaire are dying. It may be a long, slow death but they are dying.
|By Antoine Dodson (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #101) on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 11:40 am:|
Id say you're pretty much on target Bruce. For myself I havent seen fewer fish and I felt that the bleaching had recovered somewhat from last August to January. The overly warm water did a number on the reef. Over the years the vis has dropped. I dont see it being as limited as the 30-50 you describe but it clearly (no pun intended) has worsened in the past 15 years.
|By Marcus L. Barnes (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1210) on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 2:14 pm:|
I thought there was a temporary sewage treatment capability that was supposed to be established on Bonaire. What happened to that?
|By Menno (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #390) on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 2:26 pm:|
The word temporary is key. Just use it somewhat more......; The temporary permit handed out by the temporary government to temporary start building the temporary plant with temporary contractors using temporary building materials while temporary .........
|By Bruce M. Kemp (BonaireTalker - Post #39) on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 2:40 pm:|
My hope is the people and government of the Netherlands will recognize the severity of the situation and do what can be done to protect the reef. A wastewater treatment plant seems like a no-brainer to me. I'm sure they treat their wastewater in Holland, so why would they not treat the wastewater on Bonaire?It's a matter of fiscal priorities, as such maybe it's time to put the money where the mouth is. The tourism, growth and development on Bonaire should be able to provide funding for a wastewater facility. I see the destruction of the reef as negative. Public opinion could make difference, so we should all speak out. No one can deny the reef is in trouble. Some of problems are natural, some man-made. Some are beyond the scope of the Netherlands to remedy, but why not collectively do what we can?
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