Increased Sargassum Seaweed Collects on the Eastern Beaches of St. Maarten and an Increased Beaching Event of Sargassum is Expected

The Nature Foundation is forewarning the public about the increased amounts of Sargassum Seaweed on the Eastern beaches of St. Maarten. As we head into the summer months the temperature increases which causes the sargassum to bloom and large amounts are expected for this summer. This seaweed has been an increasing problem throughout the Caribbean … Continue reading Increased Sargassum Seaweed Collects on the Eastern Beaches of St. Maarten and an Increased Beaching Event of Sargassum is Expected

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Reports Massive Tilapia Fish Die Off in the Great Salt Pond

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten received reports of a massive fish die off in the channel between Great Salt Pond and Fresh Pond in Philipsburg. On Monday 25th of May, upon arrival at the location an estimated amount of 1000 Tilapia fish already died in the area and were floating in the channel at the … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Reports Massive Tilapia Fish Die Off in the Great Salt Pond

St. Maarten’s Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Present Support Letter to Parliament for the ban on Single-use Plastic Items Initiated by MP Sarah Wescot-Williams

Today, several environmental Non-Governmental Organizations, Non-Profit organizations and initiatives active in the environmental sector, presented a collaborative support letter to the members of parliament for the implementation of the ban on single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam initiated by Member of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams. The organizations active in the environmental sector on St. Maarten … Continue reading St. Maarten’s Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Present Support Letter to Parliament for the ban on Single-use Plastic Items Initiated by MP Sarah Wescot-Williams

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Calls on Parliament to Approve the Ban on Several Single-use Plastic Items.

The Nature Foundation is urging the new parliament to move forward with the ban on single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam and to approve proposed legislation initiated by MP Sarah Wescot-Williams. The Nature Foundation St. Maarten has been advocating for a single-use plastic ban for several years due to the tremendous impacts on St. … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Calls on Parliament to Approve the Ban on Several Single-use Plastic Items.

Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter during St Maarten’s First Brand Audit Cleanup

Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter during St Maarten’s First Brand Audit Cleanup The Nature Foundation St Maarten first brand audit cleanup results revealed that the number one of littered items on St Maarten beaches are single-use plastics. Volunteers and members from SXM A.C.T.I.O.N. and the Nature Foundation spent approximately two … Continue reading Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter during St Maarten’s First Brand Audit Cleanup

Nature Foundation Recommends the Community to Eliminate Styrofoam Products; Styrofoam is A Hazard to the Environment and the Human Body

Nature Foundation encourages the community to stop using Styrofoam containers, cups and other Styrofoam food packaging. Styrofoam has become widely accepted as an everyday product for food packaging and insulating food and beverages from heat or cold. However, many people do not realize that it is made from polystyrene, a petroleum-based plastic made of highly … Continue reading Nature Foundation Recommends the Community to Eliminate Styrofoam Products; Styrofoam is A Hazard to the Environment and the Human Body

Nature Foundation Tests Water Quality at Great Bay Beach after Heavy Rains on Monday

Great Bay – The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation on Tuesday tested water quality in the Great Bay Beach area after the heavy rains of Monday. As a part of the response to the heavy rainfall water from the Great Salt Pond was allowed to flow into Great Bay Harbor. “It is important after these heavy … Continue reading Nature Foundation Tests Water Quality at Great Bay Beach after Heavy Rains on Monday

***Sargassum Alert*** Large Influx of Sargassum Currently Making Landfall on St. Maarten; Nature Foundation Warns of Potential Health Effects

COLE BAY – There is a large influx of Sargassum seaweed currently making landfall on Sint Maarten. The Nature Foundation is warning the community that the Sargassum impacts, based on satellite imagery and field surveys, started earlier this week and will continue to persist for at least another week: “We have been coordinating our monitoring efforts … Continue reading ***Sargassum Alert*** Large Influx of Sargassum Currently Making Landfall on St. Maarten; Nature Foundation Warns of Potential Health Effects

Large Influx of Sargassum Currently Making Landfall on St. Maarten; Nature Foundation Warns of Potential Health Effects

sargassum seaweed washing up, drone image

COLE BAY – There is a large influx of Sargassum seaweed currently making landfall on Sint Maarten. The Nature Foundation is warning the community that the Sargassum impacts, based on satellite imagery and field surveys, started earlier this week and will continue to persist for at least another week: “We have been coordinating our monitoring efforts … Continue reading Large Influx of Sargassum Currently Making Landfall on St. Maarten; Nature Foundation Warns of Potential Health Effects

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Cleans Up Balloons Littering Sea over the Weekend

Plastic balloons on the ocean near St Maarten

PHILIPSBURG — The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation over the weekend removed numerous balloons from littering the ocean. Both on Saturday and Sunday out on patrol the Foundation collected balloons drifting in the sea. Previously the Foundation had urged various organizations, including the SCDF who organized two balloon related activities over the weekend, to find sustainable alternatives to using balloons during … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Cleans Up Balloons Littering Sea over the Weekend