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Title: St Barth weekly
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Language: English
Publisher: Journal de Saint-Barth
Place of Publication: Saint Jean, Saint Barthelemy
Publication Date: May 8, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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The global economic cr
has had a big effect on
activity at the airport in S
Jean. While air tra
decreased by more than 1
in the last trimester of 2
compared to 2007, the
trimester of 2009 was e
lower, with a drop of 21
compared to the same pe
last year; there was als
decrease of 23.47% in
number of passengers
March 2009, according
figures released by the n
agement of the airport.
first trimester of 2009 sa
total of 45,873 passeng
(both arrivals and depart
combined), against 58,25'
2008-a net loss of 12,
passengers. In comparis
the first trimester of 2
was marked by an increase
2.07% compared to the
trimester of 2007.


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First Trimester 2009

Air Traffic Falls By 20%
isis During the first trimester, the Island, for example, experi- lic-
the number of planes also enced a growth in tourism ary
aint decreased by 8% (with a low- during the first part of 2009), Wh
ffic er than average number of the decrease in air traffic in the
4% passengers) representing Saint Barth is not in and of rev
008 12,177 take-offs and land- itself a surprise. froi
first ings, compared to 13,176 in Yet the size of the decrease dec
ven 2008 during the same period, leads one to wonder about the exc
.3% On the other hand, there was reasons that it happened, the
riod a considerable increase of since it seems that the num- (+0
*o a freight transported by air dur- bers don't tell the entire story ber
the ing this period-going from and there are indications that dec
Sin 50,000 kilos in 2008 to Saint Barth has suffered from An
to 70,000 en 2009. This the financial crisis more than mai
ian- increase was related to the other destinations. The first Luc
The general strikes that paralyzed indication: In spite of the for
w a Guadeloupe, including its general strikes and lack of eral
,ers port, which forced merchan- tourists in Guadeloupe in ear- tiol
ures dise to be moved by air. ly 2009, Raizet airport Me
9 in reports a decrease .:.f .:iii;" inc
386 What Does This 25% for the first trimester Am
son, Decrease Mean? according to an estimate in an
008 In the context of the global the daily publication, Tour- wh
e of financial crisis, where many Mag. But in all honesty, the the
first tourist destinations have suf- last two weeks of March saw tele
fered (but not all: Reunion a decline of almost 35%. the
The second indication comes sho
from the CTO, Caribbean the
Tourism Organization, which in J
regularly publishes arrival ary
statistics at airports in mem- (Jal
ber countries Lu
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their issue dated April 20, the Doi
CTO indicated that of the 12 Me
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reported an increase in (Jar
y, May, 15 arrivals in January and Febru-
ary: Cancun (Mexico) Is
enin +9.4%, Cuba +4.5% and Du
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saw a decline in January, Ma
from -2.4% for Belize to kno
day, 11am -2pm 18.8% for Anguilla, or the rec
largest decrease marked by uni
runch the CTO. Other double-digit nati
declines: Antigua and Barbu- an
da -14.3% (January through Noi
ay, Lunch & Dinner March), Cayman Islands do
11.3% (January-February), ing
M market Montserrat -11.6% (January- sen
February), and Sainte Lucie Bar
45 euros per person 13.7% (January through ma
March). The American Virgin fin
'ons recommended Islands saw a decrease of dat
RANT LE GAIAC 6.1% (January-February), qu,
SPuerto Rico -4.7% (January) glol
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4.4% (January-Febru-
).
at other information do
reports from the CTO
eal? That the clientele
m the United States has
reased in all destinations,
ept Mexico (+3.5%) and
American Virgin Island
.7%). Elsewhere the num-
s tell the story: the largest
lines are -18.2% in
guilla, -12% in the Cay-
ns, and -24.2% in Sainte
:ie. This is also the case
European tourists- gen-
ly lower in most destina-
ns, except once again
xico, with a marked
rease of 53.5% and the
erican Virgin Islands with
increase of 36.3%. Else-
ere, the decline is about
same as for the US clien-
.The surprise comes from
Canadian clientele which
wed growth in seven of
12 destinations: +32.7%
[amaica (January-Febru-
), +31.6% in the USVI
nuary), +20% in Sainte
:ie (January through
rch), +6.3% in the
ninican Republic, +5% in
xico, +4.9% in Anguilla
nuary), +2.8% in Belize
nuary).

It Just Saint Barth?
e to lack of statistics for
traffic at Juliana (Sint
arten), it is impossible to
w if the decline in traffic
orded in Saint Barth is
quely inherent to the desti-
on or if it corresponds to
overall decrease for the
them Islands. And as we
not have statistics reveal-
the nationality of the pas-
gers arriving in Saint
th, it is hard to tell which
rket is in decline. And
illy, the lack of economic
a makes it impossible to
ntify the effect of the
bal crisis in Saint Barth.

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daughters,
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come from
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and met on an
island where
they became
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Antonia
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showing chil-
dren how
Island residents Susanna they can both
Passburg and Antonia Ludes st whilt at the same
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in children's clothing. First up live in."
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princess to a bright yellow through stories and will, when
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Barth at the Swedish Design 2009 have both dedicated
2009, have both dedicated
Center as well as the chil- oh
story sections and other func-
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brought their personal passion children across the world."
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o eio in Sweden to contribute to the
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while creating something cool o
for kids to wear. The shirts e socall conscious e
of Edun Live means that
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and Uganda, for example,
in 2005 by U2 singer Bono, benefits from the purchase of
his wife, Ali Hewson, and each t-shirt. This means that
clothing designer Rogan Gre- everyone from the farmer to
everyone from the farmer to
gory. "The shirts are made in factory worker is given
countries where they need t f
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Africa," says Nils Passburg of shirts will soon be available
the Swedish Design Center.
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"The fabric is primarily Stockholm, Cologne and
organically produced cotton,
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Susanna and Antonia were ByEllenLampert-Graux
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Nestled in rocky crevasses or
built along the roadside by
neighborhood residents who
discretely pray there, the
small Saint Barth chapels
found primarily on the wind-
ward side of the island were
pillaged last week. Those in
Toiny, Saline, Petit Cul de
Sac, and Saint Jean were
robbed of their saints and
other holy objects; their
flowers disappeared and the
crosses atop the chapels in
Toiny and Petit Cul de Sac
were ripped off. For the time
being, no charges are being


pressed, but for many people
there is much consternation
about this desecration. Espe-
cially since the chapel in
Grand Fond, which was nes-
tled in a rock a little off of
the road, was destroyed
shortly before the others
were pillaged. The reason for
the destruction in Grand
Fond was not a crime, but
the desire of certain neigh-
bors to modernize the neigh-
borhood, putting a wide rib-
bon of concrete in place of
the small path that had led to
the chapel.


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WHALE SEASON IN FULL SWING

Whale season has reached its peak: the marine park has
been getting calls three or four times a week to report the
presence of humpback whales close to the island. If you see
them, a few simple rules must be followed: approaching
them in the ocean must be done respectfully-the females,
having given birth, will do anything to protect their sole
babies. The best way to approach and observe both whales
and dolphins is to follow along in parallel to the animals. It
is also recommended to never approach them directly from
the front or back.
And of they decide to approach you, put your motor in neu-
tral and enjoy looking at them, and then back away slowly.
And most importantly, never jump into the water!
The best distancesfor approaching:
* 100 meters for whales and 50 meters for dolphins
* The appropriate length of time to watch a group of whales
is one hour, but just 30 minutes if the group contains a baby.
* Each group of whales should not be observed for more
than a total time of three hours per day (90 minutes in the
case of a mother with baby).
* Motors should remain running during the observation of
the whales.

AWARENESS
On Wednesday, March 11, the Marine Park met with a class
of 30 Swedish marine biology students who had crossed the
ocean from Sweden to Saint Barth aboard a splendid sail-
boat called the "Marina Liroverket." Following a presenta-
tion about the protected zones within the marine park, the
staff answered questions from the students about fishing
within the marine park and the protection of the small
islands around Saint Barth.
On March 17, a CE2 class from the elementary school in
Gustavia visited Grand Cul de Sac to learn about three eco-
systems: salt ponds-mangroves/the lagoon/the coral reef.
Once there, they were told how to recognize the various


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species, including white, black and gray mangrove trees and
fiddler crabs, as well as explore the environment, looking
for the many different species.
On the way back, they stopped at the pond in St. Jean
where they were able to see a variety of birds-from
egrets to brown pelicans-and the fish that jump right in
front of the birds.


ANCHORS KILL UNDERWATER PLANTS
The rules concerning mooring of boats in Marigot Bay-a
"red" protected zone where anchoring is prohibited-were
broken several times in the past few weeks. This magnifi-
cent, sheltered bay is actually carpeted with sea plants that
serve as a refuge for fish and young shellfish, as well as
conch, and it serves as a feeding ground for the numerous
green turtles found here. When anchors rip up the plants, it
takes months for them to grow back.

POLLUTION IN MARIGOT
A mysterious yellow streak appears periodically at the
bottom of Marigot Bay. A sample of this water was ana-
lyzed and there is only one verdict: it comprises dirty
water from a septic system. The marine park, in collabora-
tion with the technical services office, tried to identify the
source of this pollution, but the water currents make this
job rather difficult.

CHECKING THE MOORINGS
Two boats had problems during the month of March after
moorings provided by the Marine Park gave way. This is a
reminder that all skippers should check out the condition of
the mooring and be sure to use it correctly, adding extra
security if they plan to spend the night or
At the same time, the marine park staff checks on the main-
tenance of the moorings, but unfortunately propellers and
boats that are too heavy quite often damage the moorings.
St Barth Weekly n178







TRADITIONAL WEST INDIES SAILBOATS

VISIT SAINT BARTH


The weekend of May 1 saw a
small fleet of traditional West
Indies wooden boats from
Carriacou, Bequia, and Nevis
sailing around Saint Barth.
The event was not an official
regatta but a few days of
informal racing organized by
LouLou Magras and Alexis
Andrews, of the West Indies
Regatta organization, in order
to evoke the beautiful old
boats that were once quite
common in Saint Barth and
throughout the Caribbean.
"These boats were used for
trading among the islands,"
says Andrews, who is based
in Antigua. He and LouLou
came up with the idea of a
laid-back regatta, much in the
style of the regattas LouLou
organized back in the late 70s,
but this year was more of an
educational visit, and not a
formal race in any sense.
"The idea was to bring these
boats to Saint Barth and show
them to the population, who
was invited to come aboard
and see how they are made,"
says Andrews. UNESCO sup-
ported the event via Daniel
Blanchard in Saint Barth,
much as they supported a tra-
ditional pirogue project a few
years ago.
"We wanted to show how the
old-timers made these simple,
yet fast sailing vessels," says
Blanchard, who sailed on
boats not unlike these as a
child, travelling from Saint
Barth to school in Guade-
loupe. "They once played an


important role in the
Caribbean."
Andrews adds, "These boats
have a certain style, they are
very unique and different from
modem boats. All of the own-
ers come from very different
walks of life. One of these
boats belongs to the vice com-
modore of the Antigua Yacht
Club, one belongs to a fisher-
man, and one is mine and I am
a photographer, another is
used for day charters. They
sail like rockets for such big
heavy boats, and were used to
carry goods as fast as possible.
There is quite a bit of room
for cargo inside."
The eight boats that came to
Saint Barth included six Carri-
acou sloops-cean Nomad,
Genesis, Tradition, Sweet-
heart, Good Expectation, and
Summer Cloud-the Nevis
schooner Alexander Hamilton,
and a Bequia sloop, Plumbel-
ly, the smallest of the fleet, but
which has crossed the Atlantic
many times.
Tim Charlwood, an English-


man based in Park City, Utah,
noted: "the sailing was terrific
with 20 knots of wind. He was
sailing on Frank Pierce's Tradi-
tion, a classic sloop that was
rebuilt, and the crew included
such locals as LouLou Magras,
Lee and Judy Davidson, and
Daniel Blanchard. "We hope to
come back next year," says
Charlwood, "or what should
become an annual regatta."


The island's trash col-
lection center has a
new tool at its disposal:
an anti-pollution sta-
tion to treat cars before
they are crushed. The
machine was put into
service last March by a
technician who came
frm France, and who
also ran a training ses-
sion for the staff. The
goal is to "avoid pollu-
tion from old cars," by
removing all fluids that
cause pollution and are
dangerous. This
includes draining the
motor oil, gasoline,
anti-freeze, and brake
fluid. It takes just 15
minutes to treat a
vehicle.


St Barth Weekly n0178


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Published by "Le Journal de Saint-Barth" ISSN-1766-9278
Ph. : 05.90.27.65.19 Fax:05.90.27.91.60
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Translation : Ellen Lampert Greaux, Photographe: Rosemond Greaux
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