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September 2019    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 34, No. 9   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Flotsam & Jetsam

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Saba, St. Eustatius, and Bonaire to End Single-Use Plastic. The islands of the Netherlands' Antilles have agreed to end single-use plastic no later than 2021. They signed an agreement with State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven during her recent visit after she was motivated by the picture of a turtle with a straw jammed in its nose. What kind of picture is required to motivate world leaders to get on the bandwagon? Use your imagination.

Good Out of Bad. Hurricanes devastated the British Virgin Islands in 2017, but non-profit Beyond The Reef has started turning debris into dive sites. Sharkplaneo is half-plane and half-shark and has been constructed from three derelict aircraft, turned into a bull shark, a hammerhead and a blacktip reef shark. They have turned The Willy T floating bar into an underwater pirate ship off Norman Island. Beyond The Reef asks visiting divers to purchase a souvenir ticket of $5 with proceeds going toward teaching local kids to swim.

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