SXM Shark Foundation launched with pledge to improve shark conservation

Caribbean sharks have gained a new ally. On July 13th,  the eve of Shark Awareness Day 2019, SXM Shark Foundation was launched with a celebration on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. The new foundation will work towards making Sint Maarten a leading country for shark conservation and management in the wider Caribbean region and around … Continue reading SXM Shark Foundation launched with pledge to improve shark conservation

Nature Foundation Concerned Over Rumoured Plans to Build 32 Room Hotel on Simpson Bay Beach. Has Asked the VROMI Ministry for Clarification

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation was informed during beach assessments carried out as part of the monitoring of local sea turtle populations during nesting season that the development of a thirty-two room hotel is being planned for the area of Simpson Bay Beach between Karakter Beach Bar and White Sands Beach Club. The Foundation is … Continue reading Nature Foundation Concerned Over Rumoured Plans to Build 32 Room Hotel on Simpson Bay Beach. Has Asked the VROMI Ministry for Clarification

Nature Foundation Visits Several Elementary Schools for St Maarten Shark Week

Last week, during St Maarten Shark Week, Nature Foundation staff visited several Elementary schools to educate children about sharks and their importance to both the natural and human environment. The Foundation visited the Oranje School, Seventh Day Adventist School and Helmich Snijders Hillside Christian School. The Shark Crew from the Nature Foundation taught about 400 … Continue reading Nature Foundation Visits Several Elementary Schools for St Maarten Shark Week

Disease Linked to Poor Water Quality Affecting Island’s Sea Turtle Population

During a working dive the Nature Foundation has recorded a turtle covered in numerous tumours. These tumours are related to the turtle being infected by the highly contagious, herpes-like virus called Fibropapillomatosis. The tumours covered a significant part of the turtle’s head and flippers, causing the animal difficulty in moving and feeding. The disease was … Continue reading Disease Linked to Poor Water Quality Affecting Island’s Sea Turtle Population

Nature Foundation Organizes Kids Shark Day on Saturday

For the 4th year, the Nature Foundation St Maarten will organize a fun and educational shark event for kids at Buccaneer Beach Bar. Kids Shark Day is part of the annual Sint Maarten Shark Week, organized to educate particularly the youth of St Maarten about the importance of sharks and healthy oceans. This year Shark Day … Continue reading Nature Foundation Organizes Kids Shark Day on Saturday

Nature Foundation Organizes 4th Annual Sint Maarten Shark Week Event

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation will  organize Sint Maarten Shark Week for the fourth year from the 16th until the 23rd of June. The week-long event will feature numerous activities centered on the conservation of and educating about the importance of sharks. During the event the Foundation will visit local primary schools to teach the students about … Continue reading Nature Foundation Organizes 4th Annual Sint Maarten Shark Week Event

***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

Nature Foundation Again Requests Urgent Action on the Management of Nation’s Beaches after Illegally Constructed Toilets Found on Mullet Bay Beach

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has expressed significant concern regarding the way beaches and beach access have been managed recently. Reason for the latest call for decision makers to take the management of the Nation’s Beaches seriously was the discovery of an illegally built toilet on Mullet Bay Beach. “We were beyond surprised when we … Continue reading Nature Foundation Again Requests Urgent Action on the Management of Nation’s Beaches after Illegally Constructed Toilets Found on Mullet Bay Beach