DNER, town of Vieques to co-manage bioluminescent bay
By The Star Staff
Carolina District Sen. Marissa Jiménez Santoni has signed a “co-management” agreement reached by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) with the Municipality of Vieques on Mosquito Bay, better known as the Bioluminescent Bay.
The New Progressive Party legislator said “La Bahía Mosquito [located on the southern coast of Vieques] belongs to the [DNER].”
“However, and it being well known that sources of income in Vieques are quite limited, now there is a co-management agreement between the DNER and the municipality, which is of great economic benefit for Vieques,” she said.
Jiménez Santoni said that “from now on, people who dedicate themselves to giving ‘tours’ of the Bioluminescent Bay will pay a ‘fee’ to the DNER, which will be divided between the government agency and the Municipality of Vieques.”
“Mosquito Bay is the brightest in the world, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008, making it a simply fascinating natural phenomenon,” the senator said. “Hundreds of fish and sea creatures shine as they make their way through the water between microscopic organisms [dinoflagellates]. Tourists are delighted.”