Bonaire in 100 photos – Sargassum Every year

15 February 2022 by Casper Douma - Reading time: < 1 minute

Bonaire organizes annual cleanups to address the Sargassum seaweed washed ashore. These efforts protect local ecosystems and the tourism industry. Volunteers and organizations work together to minimize negative impacts on the environment.

Every year, harmful Sargassum is cleaned up on Bonaire.

Bonaire faces an annual influx of Sargassum seaweed. This brown algae, from the Sargasso Sea, drifts to Bonaire and other Caribbean islands and accumulates along coastlines and beaches. The accumulation can cause significant environmental problems. To address this problem, Bonaire organizes annual Sargassum cleanups. These involve local volunteers, government agencies, NGOs and sometimes international aid. When decomposed, the seaweed can release harmful gases and pose risks to marine life and beachgoers. Efforts are focused on protecting the island’s fragile ecosystems, particularly the coral reefs and sea turtle nesting sites. It also aims to preserve the tourism industry, which is vital to the local economy.

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“Bon dia tur hende i bon bini na dushi Boneiru!”
My name is Casper Douma and I am a photographer. Since 2014 I’ve been living on this beautiful island, surrounded by a fringing reef. At first glance, you may see mostly cacti and drought, but Bonaire is a little gem if you get to know it better. I would like to take you on one of my photography tours to show you all the special places of Bonaire. In small groups of maximum 4 people I give you a unique look at the beauty of Bonaire. Became curious? Take a look at my website! I wish you a lot of fun on beautiful Bonaire.

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