In recent years Lac’s seagrass has come under threat from increasing recreational use. In 2008, the seagrass beds in front of the windsurfing centers moved into a significantly rapid decline in size and density as a result of trampling by waders and scarring by windsurf equipment.
In response, STCB and Progressive Environmental Solutions formed a project partnership with the support and oversight of STINAPA Bonaire. The project is a series of simple measures to reduce the impact of recreational use on Lac’s fragile ecosystems:
- Floating line and small floats were installed to protect the seagrass beds in the heavily-used areas at the Sorobon peninsula.
- Large buoys were placed parallel to the inside of the coral reef. Users are instructed to use caution in this area and reminded that the reef is a “no touch” zone. The buoys are also designated moorings for kayaks.
- Prominent signs placed at the two windsurf centers inform users of regulations and describe the value of Lac’s ecosystems and its wild inhabitants.