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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire Changes its Public Presentation Schedule and Location

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) is a non-governmental research and conservation organization that works to protect Bonaire’s turtles, which include the hawksbill, green and loggerhead turtles. These three turtles are included on the list of the world’s six endangered or critically endangered species of marine turtles. 

Education is a big part of the protection process and one of STCB’s goals is to inform people about turtle conservation issues, and what they can do to help. As part of this effort, STCB offers a public presentation every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month to help the public learn more about Bonaire’s turtles. Starting October 13th, the presentation will be held at a new location, which is the conference room at Captain Don’s Habitat, with a new starting time of 8:00 PM.

Discussions are focused on Bonaire’s turtles and explore such topics as what they eat, their nesting and hatching behaviors, where they are found, and why they are at risk. Also discussed are broader issues for turtles overall, including what the hazards are that cause them to be endangered, why they are worth saving, and what laws are in place to protect them.

For more information, contact STCB by phone at 717-2225 or click here. All are welcome to join in and attendance is free. (Source: Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 29, 2010 at 11:56am AST


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Update to Airline Baggage Restrictions and Fees for Travel to Bonaire

The major airlines have again been making changes to their fees including revisions of their baggage allowances. In September, 2009, the Bonaire Insider covered baggage allowances and regulations in use at that time, so we thought it was time to update the current baggage restrictions on the air carriers to Bonaire. 

To summarize, Delta and Continental have made some changes with regard to fees and some weight restrictions. KLM has instituted a policy for tickets purchased before March 28, 2010 and a new policy for those purchased after March 28, 2010. American Airline’s baggage allowance remains the same. Please see below for a specific update on changes for each airline.  It is also worth noting that passengers connecting to Insel Air via a US airline must check with their connecting US airline for fees, as these are domestic flights and those rules apply.

Please note that these restrictions are current as of September 1, 2010 for economy class travel, but passengers are urged to double-check with their carrier directly should any questions arise. This is because, in many instances, baggage regulations may vary depending upon when the airline ticket was actually purchased or other restrictions.

Delta Airlines to Bonaire allows two checked bags at no charge. If three to five bags are checked, the fee is $100.00 each way per bag.

For checked bag weight limits, up to 50 pounds is no charge. If any bag is from 51-70 pounds (23-32 kg), the fee is $50.00 each way; 71-100 pounds (33-45 kg), the fee is $450.00 each way.

For checked bag size limits, the bag cannot exceed 62 inches (157 cm) when total length + width +height are added together. Provided the total dimensions do not exceed 62 inches (157 cm), then there is no charge. It the total dimensions are between 63-80 inches (161-203 cm), the fee is $150.00 each way. Bags with a total dimension of 81 to 115 inches (204 to 292 cm) are considered specialty items. Please check with Delta.com for more information on specialty items.

Passengers will be charged an excess baggage fee each instance a bag goes over any one of the allowances. For example, if an extra piece of baggage is checked that goes over the weight limit and the size limit, then you will be charged three times:
Once for the extra bag
Once for going over the size limit
Once for going over the weight limit

Continental Airlines to Bonaire allows the first checked bag at no charge. A second check bag is charged $30.00 each way or $27 if booked on-line, while any additional bag over two will be charged $100.00 each way. Certain customers may have some fees waived. Please check with Continental for details.

For checked bag weight limits, up to 50 pounds is no charge. If any bag is from 51-70 pounds (23-32 kg), the fee is $50.00 each way; any bag over 71 pounds is not accepted.

For checked bag size limits, the bag cannot exceed 62 inches (157 cm) when total length + width +height are added together. Provided the total dimensions do not exceed 62 linear inches (157 cm), then there is no charge. It the total dimensions are between 63-115 linear inches (158-292 cm), the fee is $100.00 per bag each way. Bags with a total dimension of over 115 (293 cm) are not accepted.

Excess bags are charged $100 per bag each way.

Please note: Excess baggage is transported on a space-available basis and other restrictions may apply.

Passengers will be charged an excess baggage fee each instance a bag goes over any one of the allowances. For example, if an extra piece of baggage is checked that goes over the weight limit and the size limit, then you will be charged three times:
Once for the extra bag
Once for going over the size limit
Once for going over the weight limit

Insel Air from Miami to Bonaire allows two checked bags with no charge.

For checked bag weight limits, up to 40 kilograms (88 pounds) is allowed for the combined total of up to two bags. No single piece may be heavier than 32 kilograms (70 pounds). Should the weight for any single piece exceed 32 kilograms, then a fee of $50.00 per bag will be assessed for those over the weight limit for each 10 kilograms (22 pounds), each way.

The carry-on luggage allowance permits every passenger to take carry-on luggage aboard with a maximum weight of 22 pounds (10 kilos). The maximum dimensions for carry-on luggage are L x W x H: 22 inches (56 cm) x18 inches (45 cm) x 10 inches (25 cm), including handles, wheels, side pockets etc.

Please note that passengers flying Insel Air from Curacao to Bonaire should check with the airline for baggage and carry-on allowances, as these are much more restrictive on the smaller planes in use on this route.

American Airlines to Curacao (a further connection via a regional carrier is necessary) allows two checked bags at no charge, but the bags cannot exceed 62 linear inches (158 cm) or 50 pounds of weight.

If any bag is from 51-70 pounds (23-32 kg), the fee is $50.00 per bag each way; 71-100 pounds (33-45 kg), the fee is $100.00 each way.

For checked bag size limits, the bag cannot exceed 62 inches (157 cm) when total length + width + height are added together. Provided the total dimensions do not exceed 62 inches (157 cm), then there is no charge. It the total dimensions are between 63-115 inches (161-292 cm), the fee is $150.00 each way.

Do be sure to check the restrictions in place on the carrier used between Curacao and Bonaire as inter-island flights tend to be more restrictive.

KLM to Bonaire: Tickets issued after March 28, 2010: Economy Class may bring one item of checked baggage for free. The maximum weight is 23 kg (50.5 pounds) and maximum size of 158 cm (62 inches) L + W + H. You maybe bring two checked items of this size for an additional fee. (See below.) Rules may be different for World Business Class/Europe Select, Flying Blue Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Please check with KLM.

Tickets issued before March 28, 2010: Economy class may bring 2 pieces of checked baggage with a maximum weight of 23 kg (50.5 pounds) per bag and a maximum size of 158 cm (62 inches) L + W + H ber pag. Rules for World Business Class/Europe Select may be different. Please check with KLM.

Excess baggage: You may take more baggage than the standard amount. The excess baggage fee is determined at the time of check-in and the rules referring to your baggage can be found on your e-ticket under the heading of “Baggage.” Fees are typically EUR 15 per kg, one way, but check at KLM for further details. Arrange this when you check in on-line and receive a discount of 20% or more.

Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) to Bonaire (from Curacao) allows two checked bags at no charge, but the weight limit can be no more than a total combined weight of 20 kilograms (44 pounds); there is no size limitation. You are also allowed one piece of hand luggage up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds).

Checked Bag Weight Limits and Fees: Up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds), free; over 20 kilograms (44 pounds), FL 3.00 per kilogram when flying between Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire; over 20 kilograms (44 pounds), FL 7.00 per kilogram when flying to Caracas and Santo Domingo; over 20 kilograms (44 pounds), FL 10.00 per kilogram when flying to the Windward Islands.

Divi Divi Air to Bonaire (from Curacao) allows one checked bag of no more than 18 kilograms (39.6 pounds) at no charge. The size may not exceed: 45 x 15 x 25 inches or 115 x 40 x 65 cm. A second checked bag will incur additional fees based on weight: 1 to 20 kilograms (2 to 44 pounds), FL 2.00/USD $1.20 per kilo additional. Also please note that additional checked baggage will be shipped as cargo. If you know in advance how much excess baggage you will have, the charges can be calculated by a counter employee. At the time of booking, please notify them if you intend to bring along excess baggage. Due to the limited availability of space on board the aircraft, your excess baggage might arrive on a later flight. It is recommended to check in twenty minutes prior to the mandatory 45-minute check-in time when traveling with excess baggage. Please note that heavier bags cannot be accepted because of handling limitations. Such pieces must be transported as cargo or the contents must be split and packed separately. In the event that re-packing is necessary at the airport, passenger will be responsible for all expenses and use either special cardboard boxes or plastic bags.

Those that are subject to extra fees to transport baggage to Bonaire may be eligible for on-island rebates. For additional information, visit www.paradiserebates.com(Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 26, 2010 at 9:57am AST
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Friday, September 24, 2010

BonFysiotherapie and Bon Bida Spa and Gym to Merge

Two of Bonaire’s most popular exercise and therapy facilities are joining forces:  BonFysio and Bon Bida will become one entity over the coming months as the two facilities merge.

BonFysio has always been a popular exercise hangout for Bonaire’s snowbird population--those who come and spend considerable time on the island and who wish to continue their exercise regimen while away from home.  But BonFysio does so much more than provide exercise facilities, as they offer a wide variety of physical therapies, and now are launching manual therapy, too.

The transition will begin on October 1st and should take about one month, so those Bonaire visitors who have trips planned for the coming months should check in with BonFysio to see how the transition is going and to which location they should visit.

The new location will be at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #74, just across from the Sand Dollar resort.  The BonFysio team also has announced that Martijn Groot, an orthopedic manual therapist, will be joining them and, in fact, he will start on October 1st in the new location at Bon Bida.  After the transition is complete, the current roster of physical therapists, Antje Gunther, Marjolein Rijpkema, and Robert Smaal, will all be available at the new location.

The fitness/spa area is very spacious and completely furnished with the newest Technogym equipment.  Training methodologies will continue under the guidance of fully qualified personnel. Now that BonFysio will have additional space, they plan to provide an innovative range of training classes.  The fitness/spa area has convenient changing rooms with showers, toilets, saunas, and lockers, and a large parking area is available on-site. The entire facility is, of course, wheelchair accessible.

Therapy will continue to be provided with the same friendly “BonFysio Philosophy” and of the same high quality.  Each of the therapists have specialties, and we’ve provided below a short biography for each:

Robert Smaal:  BonFysio owner, Robert, has over eleven years as a therapist, and has worked in the Netherlands, England, and Aruba before settling in Bonaire. He received his degree in 1997 at the Academy for Physical Therapy in Leiden. He’s interested in orthopedics and postoperative rehabilitation. He specializes in lower back pain, neuro-anatomy and neurophysiology, trauma care, prosthesis after-care, musculoskeletal system diagnosis and treatment, headaches, neurodevelopmental therapies for children, Mulligan and kinesiotaping, and general rehabilitation.

Antje Günther:  Antje graduated with a physical therapist degree from the Academy of Heerlen and has working experience in Germany, the Netherlands, and Bonaire.  Her main interests are in orthopedics, sports physical therapy, and general rehabilitation, but she also specializes in shoulder, head, and neck problems, therapies for diabetics, chronic ankle injuries and osteo-arthritis of the hip and knee, Mulligan and kinesiotaping, and myofacial trigger-point therapy.

Marjolein Rijpkema:  Marjolein received her physical therapist degree from the Academy of Amsterdam. She did her internship on Aruba and then decided to return to the Antilles and to Bonaire. Marjolein specializes in postoperative rehabilitation, orthopedics and training therapies, but is also well versed in acute knee problems/instability, musculoskeletal system diagnosis and treatment, lower back pain treatment, heart rehabilitation in the acute or post-operative phase, kinesis, shoulder problems, general rehabilitation, and sports injuries, especially those of adolescent youth.

Martijn Groot:  Martijn is the newest team member, and he graduated with a physical therapist degree from the Academy of Enschede.  He also holds a degree for orthopedic manual therapy from the Academy of Utrecht. He has working experience in Holland, Australia, Sint Maarten, and Bonaire.  He specializes in sports physical therapy and taping, orthopedic diagnostics, pain treatments, prosthesis training, back rehabilitation with the Rehaboom System, diabetic foot care, aerobic rehabilitation (Rehaboom), and regional trauma therapy.

For more information, contact BonFysio by phone at 717-7030, or email by clicking here(Source:  BonFysiotherapie)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 24, 2010 at 8:45am AST


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Record Attendance Marks the Twelfth Anniversary of Bonaire’s Underwater Cleanups

On Saturday, September 18, 2010, seventy Bonaire visitors and residents joined together to create the most successful underwater cleanup to date, even though they encountered choppy seas.  The site to clean?  Karel’s Beach Bar, a popular drinking establishment sitting right in Kralendijk Bay.  This cleanup marked the completion of twelve years of regular reef cleanups on Bonaire.  Images from this cleanup are available on-line at the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery by clicking here. Live video of the event can be viewed by clicking here.

Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech N.V. were the event sponsors, but many others assisted to make the event a success.  Jake Richter of NetTech initiated the briefing, giving an explanation of how to recover the trash, as well as what should be recovered and what should be left behind.  Of paramount importance was that all participants refrain from harming any marine organisms.  Asko Zuidam of Dive Friends Bonaire then explained the logistics--how and where to enter, how to bring back the trash, and how to exit the water.

Ramon de Leon, manager of the Bonaire National Marine Park, and his ranger, Joi Faith Jenkins, were on hand at two exit areas ensuring that any animals that might have been inadvertently brought up were quickly returned to the water.  Others tallied and sorted the trash, and then disposed of it in two large bins which Bonaire’s waste management company, Selibon, had donated for the day.

Although a surprisingly diverse array of trash was collected in this short time by the 70 volunteers, the statistic that was most astounding was that 1597 glass beverage bottles were collected.  Additionally, the following was removed from Bonaire’s reefs:  2 paper bags, 8 plastic bags, 55 small plastic beverage bottles, 102 beverage cans, 1 lid, 30 pieces of clothing or shoes, 179 pieces of cutlery, 17 pieces of food wrap or containers, 2 straws, 1 piece of packaging, 20 pieces of fishing line, 6 pieces of plastic sheeting. 13 pieces of rope, 2 ashtrays, 5 pieces of major appliances, 1 battery, 130 pieces of building materials, 1 auto part, 8 tires, 2 candles, 14 gifts, 10 fireworks, 13 spareribs, and 1 chair.

Upon surfacing, participants were greeting with a refreshing beverage, compliments of the Cappucchino Bar and Karel’s Beach Bar.

After the dive, all participants and their families and friends were welcomed back for a Pot Luck BBQ, with food and beverages hosted by Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech, and where quite a party ensued.  After enjoying a great dinner, all participants were eligible for a variety of raffle prizes, consisting of t-shirts and caps, dive accessories, rash guards, a Gold-level Bonaire WebCams membership, and dinner for two at Zeezicht, one of Bonaire’s long-standing fine restaurants. Volunteers were also rewarded with certificates of participation.

Thanks go to the day sponsors Selibon, Karel’s Beach Bar, the Cappucchino Bar, Zeezicht Restaurant, Deep Blue Gear, Reef, Ouray, Dive Shades, Bonaire WebCams, and STINAPA. 

The next quarterly underwater cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, January 16, 2011.  Registration opens at 9:30 AM (location to be determined), and the briefing will begin at 10:00 AM.  The planned location will be the Customs Pier, also known as the South Pier, providing permission can be granted by the Harbourmaster’s Office.  Those interested in participating should make a reservation by e-mailing cleanups@dive-friends-bonaire.com.  Additional information about the cleanups is available by clicking here.  All are welcome to join in.  (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 23, 2010 at 2:08pm AST
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bonaire’s Body Builders Excel in Local and National Competitions

The past few weeks have been a busy time for Bonaire’s body builders as they competed locally for the Mr. Bonaire title in their categories, as well as for Mr. Netherlands Antilles on the national level.

In the Mr. Bonaire 2010 competition, the following placed in their categories:

Junior, 1st:  Grensley Pieters
Light Middleweight, 1st: Cherry Pikerie
Middleweight, 1st:  Angelo Engelhart; 2nd:  Ruben Sanchez
Light Heavyweight, 1st:  Grensley Pieters
Heavyweight, 1st:  Wendell Pieters
Masters, 1st:  Ruben Sanchez, 2nd:  Wendel Pieters

Images of this year’s Mr. Bonaire competition are available on the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery by clicking here.

Winners of the local competition went on to the national competition in Curacao on September 11th.  Bonaire’s team did a fine job again, placing in the following categories:

Welterweight, 1st:  Cherry Pikerie
Light Middleweight, 1st:  Angelo Engelhart
Middleweight, 3rd:  Ruben Sanchez
Masters, 2nd:  Ruben Sanchez

Congratulations to Bonaire’s winners!  First place winners will now go to the regional Caribbean competition.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 22, 2010 at 11:42am AST


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

All Are Invited to Join the Klein Bonaire Beach Cleanup This Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Last weekend, it was time to clean up the underwater area of Bonaire, and this weekend, it’s time for a land cleanup.  Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB), together with STINAPA and Ocean Conservancy, are celebrating the International Coastal Cleanup and a 25-Year Sea Change by hosting a beach cleanup at No Name Beach on Klein Bonaire this Saturday, September 25th, 2010.

Trash is one of the most widespread pollution problems threatening our ocean and waterways, and it’s entirely preventable. Join hundreds of thousands of people around the world as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of cleaning up the world this September.

The Klein Bonaire beach cleanup is a part of the 25th annual International Coast Cleanup, the world’s largest volunteer effort to help protect our ocean, lakes and rivers. Since the cleanup began, over 7.8 million volunteers have removed over 135 million pounds of trash from the world’s shorelines. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes, and rivers keeping track of every piece of trash they find. Ocean Conservancy uses that information to produce an annual country-by-country, state-by-state index of the problem of marine debris.

So how can you help?  Those interested in lending a helping hand should meet at 7:00 AM this Saturday, September 25th, 2010 at the Harbour Village Marina.  The cleanup will run until approximately 12:30 PM.  The area to be cleaned will be No Name Beach and environs on Klein Bonaire, and it’s vital because Klein Bonaire is the island’s most important nesting site for sea turtles.  By keeping the beach clean, we can maintain unobstructed access to the beaches for egg-laying female turtles, and thus assist with the survival of these endangered animals.

During the 2009 Cleanup, 500,000 volunteers removed 7.4 million pounds of debris, in 108 countries and 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. An even greater turnout is expect this year.  To view the event poster, click here (in PDF format).  (Source:  STCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 21, 2010 at 1:54pm AST
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Monday, September 20, 2010

New Art Exhibition by Wil Dijkstra

Starting October 2nd, 2010, there will be an exhibition of paintings by artist Wil Dijkstra in the reception area of the Plaza Resort on Bonaire. The opening will be officiated by Lt. Governor Glenn Thode at 4:30 pm on the opening day.

The majority of the new paintings on display are inspired by living on the beautiful island of Bonaire, with rich, colorful imagery. Themes include portraits, nature, the underwater world and abstract impressions. In addition to paint, natural materials found on the beach, like palm leaves, sand, and coralline rock are also used in the construction of Wil’s paintings.

Wil had very successful exhibitions here on Bonaire in the former Cinnamon Art Gallery as well as at Kas di Arte and Littman’s Artistique.

Wil left Bonaire to live and work in Holland several years ago, but have now moved back to Bonaire via an inspirational seven month sailboat journey, and have been living on the island since the beginning of the year.

The exhibit will be open daily from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM and will run until April 1st, 2011.

Plaza Resort is located at J.A. Abraham Boulevard 80. Phone: 717-2500. (Source: BonaireArt)

Wil’s web site is at Wil Dijkstra.

Posted by Jake Richter on September 20, 2010 at 4:17pm AST


Construction Begins on New Interim Waste Water Treatment Facility for Bonaire

Sunday, September 19th, 2010 was a landmark day for Bonaire’s reefs, as construction began on a new (interim) waste water treatment facility at Bonaire’s LVV location (Agriculture and Fisheries Service). 

It’s long been recognized that nutrification (the infiltration of nutrients and pathogens from waste water tanks close to the shoreline) is a problem for coral reefs, and Bonaire’s reefs are showing signs of these excess nutrients.  When this new treatment facility is completed, waste water from developed areas along the coastline will be trucked to the facility for processing, after which the water can be recycled for agricultural purposes.

It should be understood that this facility is an interim stop-gap measure, so that nutrification of Bonaire’s reefs comes to a halt as quickly as possible.  It is hoped that with the coming unity with Holland on October 10, 2010, that plans will eventually come about for a waste water treatment for the entire island. (Source:  Island Government)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 20, 2010 at 10:55am AST


Sunday, September 19, 2010

October 1st, 2010 Brings a Change in Payment for Bonaire’s Departure Tax

Bonaire International Airport (BIA, also commonly known as Flamingo Airport) has finalized the process with IATA to incorporate the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), better known as the airport departure tax, into the costs of the airline travel ticket and to have it collected by IATA on the island’s behalf. The effective date for this change is October 1, 2010.

This means that as of that date the PFC will be included in all tickets purchased for travel on or after October 1, 2010.  The airport will provide a transition period in which the Airport Tax Booth will remain open for sale of PFC for passengers who do not yet have the PFC included in their travel ticket. This transition period will end around the middle of January, 2011 but will be extended to a later date if necessary. After this transition period, all travel tickets should include the PFC.

To assist with this transition, beginning October 1st, airlines will be utilizing the following protocols when checking in passengers at the airport:  Passengers without PFC in their airline travel tickets (this can be verified at check-in) shall be directed to the Airport Tax Booth to pay the PFC.  For passengers who have the PFC included in their airline ticket, the airline representative will need to confirm this in the reservation/check-in system at the check-in counter. The airline representative will provide each passenger with a completed form. The passenger should then present this form, together with their boarding pass and ID, to the Document Control Security Officer at the screening point. The Security Officer will collect the form from the passenger.

If a passenger needs a receipt for the purchased PFC, it will either be the passenger copy of the stub purchased at the tax booth or the receipt received at ticket purchase.  Passengers who have checked in via the Internet and who can show that their boarding pass indicates that the PFC is included in the airline ticket and have no checked bags, shall proceed to the airport tax booth to collect the form before entering the screening point. This procedure is only valid during the transition period.  (Source:  Bonaire International Airport)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 19, 2010 at 9:32am AST
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Bonaire’s Executive Council Gives New Protection for Parrotfish, Sharks, Bats, and Cave Habitats

The Island Council of Bonaire recently adopted a list of animal and plant species that are protected on Bonaire and is part and parcel of the new nature ordinance which came into effect on September 1st, 2010. The list contains over sixty species of animals, as well as about the same number of plant species.  The list applies only to Bonaire and complements the protection of species through international agreements.

In the region, some animals on Bonaire were protected by international treaties (parrots, sea turtles, dolphins, and whales, for example). These are species that are threatened with extinction either globally or regionally.  With the newly effected nature ordinance, the Island Council has added protection for a number of local species, as these species otherwise would not have protection under regional or international treaties.

To assemble the list of protected species, the Island Council used the following conditions; species having protection should meet one or more of these critiera.

• Listing on the red list of threatened species by the World Conservation Union, IUCN category CR (Critically endangered), category EN (endangered), or category VU (vulnerable). This is apparent in a number of marine fish species.
• Endemic species and also rare, threatened, or those requiring protection for other considerations. This is apparent in the Sabal palm (kabana), the parakeet (prikichi) and witoogspotlijster (ChuChubi Spano).
• Locally threatened or rare. This applies to sharks, bats, ferns, orchids, and a number of species.
• Ecological importance (key species). This applies, for example, to corals, sharks, parrotfish, bats, mangroves, and seagrass areas.
• Species subject to high operating pressures, such as the conch.
• Tourism value (flagship species). For example, on Bonaire, the flamingo is a flagship species by this criterion, but also shark species.
• (Potential) collectible. Examples conch, orchids, and bolcactussen (Bushi).
• Species important to the maintenance of a habitat.  It’s difficult to name individual species, so the entire group protected. This applies, for example, to corals, sharks, and bats.

The list also includes species that Bonaire has long protected, for example, conch, crabs, mangrove and seagrass habitats.

Additionally, the nature ordinance has designated certain imported animals as dangerous to local flora or fauna, such as the Boa constrictor, a snake from Aruba, the common lionfish, as well as the neem tree.  These species have been identified as potentially harmful to Bonaire’s nature.

The “Data Protected Species” contains the full list of protected species. The data sheet is available from the Department of Information and Protocol, the Department of Environment and Nature DROB, or STINAPA. The information also appears on the government’s web site by clicking here(Source:  Island Government)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 17, 2010 at 10:34am AST


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