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News Released: January 19,
Sand Dollar Resort Bonaire Lends A Helping Hand with Coral
(PRLEAP.COM) For Immediate Release, Bonaire, Netherlands
Sand Dollar Resort Bonaire Lends A Helping
Hand with Coral Reef Expansion
Sand Dollar Condominium
Resort Bonaire owners, hotel staff, dive staff and marine
enthusiasts on the island of Bonaire have joined forces to
institute a pilot program dedicated to the production of
Although Bonaire lays claim to one
of the most healthy fringing reef systems in the Caribbean, it
lost some of the hard coral formations that thrived along its
shallow terraces in a storm surge six years ago. To help speed
up the regeneration of this coral, a process that if left to
nature would easily span a human lifetime, Sand Dollar is now
building and will shortly place a total of twenty, 600 lb.
Reef Balls as part of a pilot project with the Bonaire Marine
Park. Most of the reef balls will be placed immediately in
front of Sand Dollar adjacent to Bari Reef.
three-foot high structures, which resemble upside down tea
cups, are made of a special concrete mixture whose Ph levels
are closer to that of the ocean, thereby stimulating early
marine assimilation and growth. These reef balls contain
series of eight to thirteen holes that make them especially
attractive to Bonaire’s diverse marine life. The surface of
the Reef Balls have also been designed and prepared to
encourage the adhesion of new coral polyps. Sand Dollar
expects to place these reef balls directly in front of the
resort in 10 feet of water in late January or early
This artificial reef project will probably
rank among such significant and positive interventions by
humans on Bonaire’s marine life as the sinking of the Hilma
Hooker, the Sponge Reattachment Project of 1989, carried out
on the pilings under the Town Pier and the fish management
practices that have preserved the parrotfish.
citizens are sponsoring individual reef balls for $300 and
will be identified on a plaque mounted in the Sand Dollar
lobby. Every reef ball will be identified with a number
stamped on a brass tag affixed to each ball. As part of the
project, both snorkelers and divers will be able to log the
different marine species they find on each ball in logs books
kept at the dive shop.
The Reef Ball project is being
executed with the full support of the Bonaire Marine Park.
Jorgen Weterings, a Sand Dollar condo owner and head of the
project stated, "the pilot project will be monitored for two
years with assistance from local naturalists Dee Scarr (Touch
the Sea) and Jerry Ligon (Bonaire Dive & Adventure).
Everyone who has heard about this project has been willing to
sponsor a reef ball. The maintenance workers at Sand Dollar
who are helping to build these reef balls have really embraced
the project and the opportunity to make a positive
contribution to the marine environement."
who are interested in aiding the project can buy a reef ball
t-shirt at the Sand Dollar office or sponsor a reef ball by
contacting Weterrings at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can learn more about reef balls at http://www.reefball.org/.
For more details:
Sand Dollar Condominium
Reservations: 1-888-362-6043 or email@example.com
Box 262 • Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 79 • Bonaire, Netherlands
Antilles • Island Phone: 599-717-8738, Fax: 599-717-8760
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CONTACT INFORMATIONWilliam Cline
Sand Dollar Resort,
Dollar Resort, Bonaire
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