After the great success of the first Simpson Bay Lagoon clean-up on the 14th of January, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) and the St Maarten Nature Foundation are announcing the next Simpson Bay Lagoon cleanup event. On Sunday the 4th of February the two Foundations will join forces to support the ‘A Bit at a Time’ initiative of Mason Chadwick in cleaning up parts of the Simpson Bay Lagoon.

“On Sunday we will be cleaning up the shores and lagoon area from Gateway Marina (where Pink Iguana used to be) up to Sixt Car rental across from the airport entrance. As part of the clean-up trash and debris will also be removed from the environmentally important island ‘Little Key’ in the Simpson Bay lagoon. Boats will be used to transport debris to shore. Volunteers are asked to meet at Gateway Marina, which is the marina across from the main entrance of the Airport, at 8 am and the cleanup will end at 12 noon. Reusable garbage bags and water for a refill will be provided by the Foundations,” reads a statement.

Volunteers are asked to bring protection such as a hat, strong shoes, working gloves and sunscreen. Volunteers are also asked to not forget their reusable drinking bottle for water refill. The Foundations would like to decrease the plastic input and therefore are asking that everyone use reusable bottles. The Foundations are hoping for a large attendance to make a difference for the Simpson Bay Lagoon. The Foundations are also requesting the help of the St Maarten Coast Guard, Police, VROMI department, salvage companies and the yachting community in order to remove the larger hurricane debris in a safe matter.

Picture 1: The red marking represents the area to be cleaned up on Sunday the 4th of February (Mason Chadwick Photo).

Picture 2: Large hurricane debris located at the Simpson Bay Lagoon which needs to be cleaned up (Mason Chadwick Photo).