“Silent Reef Keepers: The Fight to Save the Caribbean Reef Shark”

Photo credit: Jim Abernathy - all rights reserved KRALENDIJK, BONAIRE, 28 September 2023 - The Kingdom of the Netherlands will ask for increased protection for the Caribbean reef shark during next month’s Conference of Parties for the Cartagena Convention (COPs) on Aruba. Caribbean reef sharks play a critical role in maintaining a healthy reef ecosystem … Continue reading “Silent Reef Keepers: The Fight to Save the Caribbean Reef Shark”

Nature Foundation Reminds the Public that Sharks are Protected on Sint Maarten

The Nature Foundation would like to extend their deepest condolences to the friends and family members of the woman who died on Orient Bay beach. It is very saddened to hear about this accident and that the cause of her death is due to a shark. “Human fatalities due to shark bites are very rare … Continue reading Nature Foundation Reminds the Public that Sharks are Protected on Sint Maarten

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Explains the Negative Effects of Marine Mammal Captivity and Dolphinariums

To spread awareness about the negative impacts, both ethically and environmentally, that can result from marine mammal captivity the Nature Foundation St. Maarten would like to make the public aware of these serious negative impacts regarding these establishments and the effect on the environment and tourism. Dolphins in the wild swim up to 100 kilometers … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Explains the Negative Effects of Marine Mammal Captivity and Dolphinariums

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Reminds Residents of Existing Fishing Regulations

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Recently, the Nature Foundation has received an increase in reports about illegal fishing from shore where there has been an increase in illegal speargun use, immature lobsters are targeted and protected species are caught, such as sharks and rays. The Foundation would like to remind residents and visitors to adhere to the fishing regulations, which, … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Reminds Residents of Existing Fishing Regulations

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

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Places Satellite Tracking Device on Second Tiger Shark in St. Maarten Territorial Waters 

As part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance Save our Sharks Project a second tiger shark has been tagged in the territorials waters of Sint Maarten with a satellite tracking device. A Wildlife Computer SPOT (Smart Position or Temperature Transmitting) satellite tag was attached to the first dorsal fin of a sub-adult tiger shark late … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Places Satellite Tracking Device on Second Tiger Shark in St. Maarten Territorial Waters 

Two Dutch Caribbean Tagged Tiger Sharks Follow Similar Migration Patterns in the Caribbean

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Two years ago the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) organized the first of its kind shark tagging expedition to the Saba Bank and St Maarten as part of the Dutch Postcode Lottery funded “Save our Sharks” project. Eight shark researchers with a support crew and two camera teams captured and tagged tiger sharks on St … Continue reading Two Dutch Caribbean Tagged Tiger Sharks Follow Similar Migration Patterns in the Caribbean

Shark Finning video from Curacao surfaces on Internet

Cole Bay, 22 October 2018, A video showing a group of men heavily mutilating and finning a live shark was posted on Facebook. The recoding was allegedly made in the waters of Curacao and shows a group of 5 men, who have apparently caught a shark on a fishing line, repeatedly stabbing it in the … Continue reading Shark Finning video from Curacao surfaces on Internet

Nature Foundation’s ‘Adopt a Shark St Maarten’ Program Continues Due to Great Success!

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The St Maarten Nature Foundation launched the Adopt a Shark program during St Maarten Shark Week in June 2018, but due to the continued demand of adopting a shark the Foundation decided to extend the program up to the end of this year. “It is important that we work together to ensure the survival of … Continue reading Nature Foundation’s ‘Adopt a Shark St Maarten’ Program Continues Due to Great Success!

Aruba, St. Eustatius Join Sint Maarten Nature Foundation in Conducting Shark Research Training

As part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance Save our Sharks Project marine conservation practitioners from St. Eustatius and Aruba joined with the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation in learning scientific research techniques related to shark conservation and research. Representatives from the St. Eustatius National Parks Office and the Aruba Arikok National Park spent a week … Continue reading Aruba, St. Eustatius Join Sint Maarten Nature Foundation in Conducting Shark Research Training