We were just returning from a beautiful dive on the pristine reef around Bequia today when we happened to pass Moonhole Bay. I immediately noticed that a white catamaran 'S/Y Zerlina' was anchored directly onto the reef fringing this bay.
I make my living on Bequia as a Dive Instructor and cannot condone ignorant sailors anchoring on our reefs.
I asked our boat captain to drive a little closer, whereby we noticed that there were divers in the water close to the yacht. We also noticed that whoever was on board was emptying the heads and we could clearly see effluent flowing out of the boat and into the shallow water above the reef.
Both anchoring on the fragile reef system AND pumping out poo really does NOT protect our reef but destroy it. As divers we need to respect the reef otherwise everyone will lose out in the long term.
I have attached some photos of these not-so-lovely water users and also a photo I took yesterday in Moonhole Bay of a beautiful Longsnout Seahorse (right underneath where the boat was anchored today).
We are diving at Moonhole Bay this afternoon so I will be very interested to see what state the reef is in after 'S/Y Zerlina' has removed their anchor.