Volunteer with us!
It's easy, fun & there will be cookies....
Clean Coast Bonaire organizes citizen science clean up surveys on the 2nd Sunday of every month.
Volunteers are always welcome & can be trained on site by the coordinator.
You'll help the environment, meet nice new people & learn a few things about marine litter. There will even be homemade cookies!
See the schedule below or check our Facebook page for more information.
If you're a school, business, eco-tour or dive group & are interested in an off-schedule clean up, please get in touch. We'd be happy to arrange a citizen science beach clean up with you.
The survey sites are easy to find, click below for directions:
Piedra Pretu and Boka Onima clean-up Surveys take place in the afternoon from 4-6pm.
Te Amo Beach clean-up surveys take place in the morning from 8-10am (to avoid the afternoon crowds).
March 10th (8-10am) Te Amo Beach
April 14th (4-6pm) Boka Onima
May 12th (4-6pm) Piedra Pretu
June 9th (8-10am) Te Amo Beach
July 14th (4-6pm) Boka Onima
August 11th (4-6pm) Piedra Pretu
September 8th (8-10am) Te Amo Beach
October 13th (4-6pm) Boka Onima
November 10th (4-6pm) Piedra Pretu
December 8th (8-10am) Te Amo Beach
Other ways to help
Marine litter has more than one source & requires more than one solution
All of us can take part in the fight against marine litter in different ways.
Participate in a beach or underwater clean up
Reduce your plastic consumption
Support local recycling
Petition your government to enact plastic reduction measures locally & globally
Learn more & educate others
With or without citizen science
For any beach litter that you find (both in Bonaire or back home) outside of our OSPAR survey, the Ocean Conservancy Clean Swell App is a handy tool to allow citizen scientists to collect data regarding any marine debris they find at any time. The app can be downloaded here.
Other types of marine debris (such as abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear) needs to be removed by trained scuba divers. Data regarding marine litter collected underwater using the Dive Against Debris method can be recorded here. Check with your PADI dive center to see if they have any underwater clean ups organized.
You can also conduct an independent clean up (just not on a CCB monitoring site, please) or join an existing clean up.
One Hour Clean Up Power meets every Saturday from 9:00-10:00am at varying sites. To find out more, visit their Facebook page.
Reduce Your Plastic Use
Even a few small steps can go a long way to reduce your plastic footprint
Here are some helpful links:
WWF-NL 21 Plasticvrije Tips
Support Local Recycling
NOBO Bonaire is a local, small scale recycling program that makes useful products like phone holders, plant pots, bottle openers and coasters with 100% recycled HDPE.
Petition your government
Make your voice heard & call attention to the problem of marine litter
Join the international community in calling for a global agreement for all countries to work together & end the marine plastic crisis by 2030
English: Sign the Global Petition
Nederlands: Teken de Petitie
And help spread the word...
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