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LITTER ITEMS COLLECTED: 98,413

 
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Survey sites

Three monitoring sites are surveyed by a team of volunteer citizen scientists 4x per year to determine how much accumulates in a fixed period.

If you visit one of these sites & see a stone painted with the Clean Coast Bonaire logo, please don't pick anything up or else you will impact our survey data. There are plenty of other places for you to clean & ways for you to volunteer.

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Boka Onima

North east coast

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Piedra Pretu

South east coast

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Te Amo Beach

West central coast

Click here for a summary of our findings. Clean Coast Bonaire 2020 Beach Litter Facts at a Glance

 

Survey findings

What are we collecting?

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Boka Onima

96% of litter found here is plastic/polystyrene

Name meaning: Boka means mouth in Papiamentu.

Description: This picturesque bay ends in a small beach with stunning natural beauty. But the small inlet acts as a "trash catcher" & accumulates a large amount of litter items that float in from offshore.

Amount of marine litter collected 2018-2020: 30,181 items

Most common item: Small pieces of plastic/polystyrene (under 2.5cm)

Strangest item found: Kid's plastic vampire teeth

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Piedra Pretu

92% of litter found here is plastic/polystyrene

Name meaning: Piedra Pretu means Black Rock in Papiamentu. The site is named for a large rock where the legendary mermaid Mamparia Kutu would lure ships to wreck along the rocky shore.

Description: Representative of the entire south eastern, windward coastline with heavy waves breaking over the rocks. Marine litter from the Caribbean Current washes ashore here.

Amount of marine litter collected 2018-2020: 30,545 items

Most common item: Small pieces of plastic/polystyrene (under 2.5cm)

Strangest item found: Reusable drinking straw 

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Te Amo Beach

70% of litter found here is plastic/polystyrene

Name meaning: Te Amo means I love you 

Description: Everyone loves this beach. It's a popular hangout for residents & visitors. It's also a popular nesting site for sea turtles.

Amount of marine litter collected 2018-2020: 19,927 items

Most common item: cigarette butts

Strangest item found: 4 fake nails

 
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