Photo: Bioluminescent bay in Vieques
A bioluminescent bay on the island of Vieques is glowing more brightly again after several instances of fading earlier this year, the Puerto Rican government said.
Mosquito Bay has experienced a “constant improvement in bioluminescence” during the past two weeks, Natural and Environmental Resources Secretary Carmen Guerrero said.
She credited the improvement to the plan her department activated in early April to determine the cause of the dimming observed in January and March.
That plan included closing Mosquito Bay Park to visitors four days a week.
“I have decided to maintain the partial moratorium (on visits) and to continue with the entire scientific analysis to establish policies to manage that natural reserve,” Guerrero said in a statement.
The restrictions on public access to the bay will remain in effect through July 2.
The team investigating the bay includes experts from the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, Puerto Rico’s Environmental Quality Board and the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as university professors.
Mosquito Bay’s fading glow has become a source of worry to Vieques residents and firms who depend on income from tourism.