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Clean Coast Bonaire Project.

Residents of Bonaire are welcome to attend training sessions next week for the Clean Coast Bonaire. Clean Coast Bonaire has been initiated to implement a Marine Litter Monitoring Program at designated beaches on Bonaire. The project is funded by The World Wide Fund for Nature in the Netherlands and supported by a local organization on Bonaire called Boneiru Duradero (Sustainable Bonaire). Seven Seas Care is in charge of project implementation.

Why is the Clean Coast Bonaire Needed?

Although various organizations and individuals are conducting beach cleanups, there is no unified data collection protocol in place. Clean Coast Bonaire will recruit and train volunteers to complete monthly surveys in accordance with the OSPAR methodology. Volunteer citizen science recruitment will target both local residents as well as visiting eco-tourists.

What does the Clean Coast Project entail?

The goals are to:
• Remove litter from the coastline
• Identify litter sources
• Evaluate the amount and type present in our seas
• Provide systematically collected and consistent evidence to decision makers to take action

How can I help?

Join OSPAR Trainer Merijn Hougee (at the Aquarius Conference Room at Captain Don’s Habitat) to learn more about how you can clean the coastline of Bonaire and make it count by using citizen science.

The first training session for residents of Bonaire is Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at 7:00 PM. If you can’t make it then, a second training session will be held on Thursday, August 30th (also 7:00 PM at Aquarius Conference Room at Captain Don’s Habitat). Training surveys will be conducted on Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st at 8:00 am (sites to be announced).

The Clean Coast Bonaire project, a marine litter monitoring program.

Tell me more about the Clean Coast Bonaire project and OSPAR?

A full fact sheet about the Clean Coast Bonaire Project and OSPAR is available (in PDF format, available for immediate download).

(Source:  Boneiru Duradero, 7 Seas Care)

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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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