Tourism contributes to reduced water quality due to the emission of suncare products by swimming recreants. Recent research shows that UV filters (oxybenzone) in suncare products contribute to reduced vitality of coral ecosystems.
These substances are also present in coastal waters of Bonaire, at levels that of serious concern. Public opinion can be influenced by translating scientific results to articles suitable for a broader public audience by providing accessible information via various media. Raising public awareness results in both reduced supply and use of specific harmful products since appropriate alternatives are already available. Research question is: How can local use of harmful suncare products be affected most effectively, such that coral ecosystems are no longer at risk by the emission of the harmful substances. Additional research on type of tourism, and field monitoring will be included in the project, and results will be presented via a seminar and various media.
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Are sunscreen products harmful to Bonaire's ecosystems? : The Reef: Sunscreen Awareness Bonaire
: Wageningen Marine Research
Sunscreen debate: Are sunscreens impacting our reefs?
UV filter pollution Bonaire by tourism : Lac Bay monitoring and survey results 2017
Den Helder : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research report C023/18) - p.