St. Maarten’s Coral Reefs Are Dying Due to Disease, Poor Wastewater Infrastructure

The Nature Foundation St Maarten recently established the presence of ‘Tissue Loss Disease’ on several local coral reefs, the Foundation was able to establish through further investigation that in many locations some 90% of coral is either infected or dead. The disease is a relatively new issue that has been plaguing coral reefs in the … Continue reading St. Maarten’s Coral Reefs Are Dying Due to Disease, Poor Wastewater Infrastructure

Nature Foundation Records Harmful Algal Bloom in the Simpson Bay Lagoon

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation over the past week has been monitoring the spread and extent of a Harmful Algal Bloom currently ongoing in the Cole Bay Corner section of the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, occur when colonies of algae—simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater—grow out of control while … Continue reading Nature Foundation Records Harmful Algal Bloom in the Simpson Bay Lagoon

Nature Foundation Plants Mangroves in Mullet Pond to Restore Areas Lost Due to Hurricane Irma

The Nature Foundation St Maarten outplanted mangroves in Mullet Pond with the help of students from Milton Peters College and Jorakhae Freediving School last Friday. The entire day the students and volunteers worked intensively to enhance St Maarten’s environment and to assist nature in recovering from Hurricane Irma. The mangroves in Mullet Pond experienced and … Continue reading Nature Foundation Plants Mangroves in Mullet Pond to Restore Areas Lost Due to Hurricane Irma

Leonald Connor Primary School Students Clean up Mullet Bay Beach and learn about Coral Reefs with the Nature Foundation St Maarten

Last Friday the Nature Foundation St Maarten organized a beach clean-up session for students from the Leonald Connor Primary School which took place at Mullet Bay beach. About 25 students collected over 250 pounds of trash in just half an hour. The students learned about the impact of single-use plastics on our environment, marine life … Continue reading Leonald Connor Primary School Students Clean up Mullet Bay Beach and learn about Coral Reefs with the Nature Foundation St Maarten

Nature Foundation Initiates Early Morning, Weekend Patrols to Combat Illegal Fishing

marine park patrol boat

Adhering to no fishing rules of the Marine Park important to rebuilding local fish stocks. The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has increased its patrolling of the Man of War Shoal Marine Park in order to combat illegal fishing activities. Foundation staff will be patrolling during weekends and early morning hours in order to increase their … Continue reading Nature Foundation Initiates Early Morning, Weekend Patrols to Combat Illegal Fishing

Caribbean Islands Surrounding St. Maarten Banning Single-Use Plastics while St Maarten Stays Behind

littered ditch full of plastic

Nature Foundation St Maarten is again urging parliament to ban single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, straws, cups and cutlery and styrofoam food containers.

Incidents of Poaching Recorded Within Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area

Nature Foundation Cooperating with Coast Guard to Apprehend Poachers The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has been recording a number of incidents of poaching within the Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area. The Foundation has been noticing evidence of poaching and have been sent pictorial proof of poaching incidents in the MPA. The area of … Continue reading Incidents of Poaching Recorded Within Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area

Again Nature Foundation Expressing Concern on the Sustainable Use of Beaches

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has once again expressed concern regarding the way beaches, beach access and beach recreation are being managed in the country. The Foundation has had to respond several times to issues affecting beaches on the island ranging from beach construction, heavy equipment and other vehicles driving and parking on the beaches, … Continue reading Again Nature Foundation Expressing Concern on the Sustainable Use of Beaches

Nature Foundation Encourages Boat Owners to Observe Marine Traffic Laws to Protect Wildlife

The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is encouraging boaters in the waters surrounding St. Maarten to observe the rules and regulations regarding marine traffic speeds. “Over the past few weeks we have been seeing issues pertaining to boats speeding in zones where they should not causing damage to wildlife. Last week a turtle washed ashore after … Continue reading Nature Foundation Encourages Boat Owners to Observe Marine Traffic Laws to Protect Wildlife