Join DCNA’s Free Big Live Nature Quiz and Win a Sailing Trip  

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) invites students ages 12-14 that live on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Maarten, and Sint Eustatius to participate in the secondinstallment of the Big Live Nature Quiz for Kids! It’s free, online, live, interactive and includes questions about Dutch Caribbean animals. This fun quiz is in English but questions … Continue reading Join DCNA’s Free Big Live Nature Quiz and Win a Sailing Trip  

UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE SABA BANK: DCNA TIGER SHARK EXPEDITION 2021

Photo credit © Daniel Norwood July 31st – August 7th, 2021 – For the first time on the Saba Bank, an expedition team was able to successfully assess the shark diversity by attaching five satellite tags and confirming pregnancy stages by ultrasound of two species of sharks. This research advancement resulted in assessing 56 sharks, … Continue reading UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE SABA BANK: DCNA TIGER SHARK EXPEDITION 2021

Vegetation Study Informs Spatial Planning on St. Maarten

Commissioned by Sint Maarten’s Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI), a color vegetation map produced by CARMABI and Wageningen University & Research shows a 25% decrease in overall vegetation cover of the Dutch side of the island since 1956.  Results show that this loss can be attributed to massive urbanization and touristic development, overgrazing by introduced … Continue reading Vegetation Study Informs Spatial Planning on St. Maarten

Nature Foundation Partners with Real Madrid Foundation, AUC to Host First In-No-Plastic Beach Clean-Up

This past week, the Nature Foundation partnered with the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau alongside the Real Madrid Foundation to organize two beach clean-ups. These two clean-ups were a part of the Nature Foundation’s newest project In-No-Plastic and took place on Mullet Bay Beach and … Continue reading Nature Foundation Partners with Real Madrid Foundation, AUC to Host First In-No-Plastic Beach Clean-Up

Staff to Depart on Saba Bank Expedition to Enhance Tiger Shark Protections in the Caribbean

Photo credit © : Sami Kattan (all rights reserved)  Starting August 1, 2021 a team of researchers will spend a week on the Saba Bank investigating the life-cycle of tiger sharks. Researchers will investigate the migration routes, where and when tiger sharks breed so they can protect them better within the Dutch Caribbean’s Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark … Continue reading Staff to Depart on Saba Bank Expedition to Enhance Tiger Shark Protections in the Caribbean

First Successful Sea Turtle Nesting of the Season Confirmed on Dawn Beach

Last week, the Nature Foundation confirmed the successful nesting of a hawksbill sea turtle on Dawn Beach. After receiving a call from the security team from the Westin Hotel, Foundation staff rushed to the scene and were able to confirm that the hawksbill sea turtle laid several eggs in a shallow nest. While this is … Continue reading First Successful Sea Turtle Nesting of the Season Confirmed on Dawn Beach

Major Ocean Oil Spill Originating from G.E.B.E. Powerplant, Nature Foundation Responds

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten responded to a major heavy fuel oil spill originating from N.V. G.E.B.E. Power Company in Cay Bay on Tuesday. Upon arrival at the scene, the Foundation found a thick slick of oil extending nearly 4 kilometers toward Simpson Bay and the Caribbean Sea. The Foundation tried to mitigate the spill … Continue reading Major Ocean Oil Spill Originating from G.E.B.E. Powerplant, Nature Foundation Responds

Volunteers Pick Up Over 3,200 Pounds of Trash at Mullet Bay; Nature Foundation Requests that Beach Visitors Prevent Littering

Volunteers collected nearly 1900 pounds of trash during a clean-up at Mullet Bay Beach in April. Only a month before that, 1470 pounds/660 kilograms of litter were gathered at the exact same location during the March clean-up. In total, over 3,270 pounds/1,483 kilograms of trash were collected during this two-month period. The Nature Foundation reminds … Continue reading Volunteers Pick Up Over 3,200 Pounds of Trash at Mullet Bay; Nature Foundation Requests that Beach Visitors Prevent Littering

Nature Foundation Holds Photo Submission Raffle for World Ocean Day 2021

Show your talent for art and appreciation for the ocean this #WorldOceanDay and win amazing prizes from The Scuba Shop! In recognition of World Ocean Day on June 8, the Nature Foundation St. Maarten is organizing a photo submission raffle with the generous support of The Scuba Shop to highlight the artistic talent around our … Continue reading Nature Foundation Holds Photo Submission Raffle for World Ocean Day 2021

Groundbreaking Shark Research Conducted in St. Maarten Waters

During the week of April 11, 2021, members from the Nature Foundation St. Maarten, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF), and Beneath the Waves conducted multiple ‘scientific firsts’ as part of the “Shark Shakedown” project. The research expedition was a part of a wider research project into tiger sharks in … Continue reading Groundbreaking Shark Research Conducted in St. Maarten Waters