Are the coral reefs of Bonaire under threat due to expansion of new harbor facilities? Yes, according to a Dutch documentary that is coming up on February 17 at 20:25 on the Dutch channel NPO 2. Plans for the construction of new harbor piers would have disastrous consequences for the coral around the island. Should we all be worried?
Diving on Bonaire
It concerns the construction of new harbor piers in the sea for the import of fuel oil. This is necessary to secure the energy supply on the island, according to Dutch autorities. The documentary focusses on serveral issues such as the condition of the coral reefs at this point and the activities of Bonaire Brandstof BV. The protected coral around Bonaire has been under pressure for decades due to global warming, pollution and tourism. In 2020 Dutch Prime Minister Rutte promised to pay attention to the protection of the reefs but no concrete plans have been made so far. Divers around the world cherish great memories of Bonaire and will take this news with concern. What is the danger and how serious are the threats? Watch on February 17 and form your own opinion.