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Nature Foundation St. Maarten Confirms Successful Sea Turtle Nesting 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 Nature Foundation St. Maarten Confirms Successful Sea Turtle Nesting on Dawn Beach

Nature Foundation St. Maarten Responds to Major Oil Spill Originating from G.E.B.E. Powerplant

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 Nature Foundation St. Maarten Responds to Major Oil Spill Originating from G.E.B.E. Powerplant

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Successfully Completes Monkey Management Project as Part of the R4CR Grant Scheme and Urges for Management Option to be Implemented

The Monkey Management Project designed and implemented by the Nature Foundation St. Maarten and funded by the R4CR Grant Scheme has been completed. This six-month project focused on researching the abundance and status of the invasive vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) and to establish sustainable and humane solutions to manage the invasive monkey population to protect … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Successfully Completes Monkey Management Project as Part of the R4CR Grant Scheme and Urges for Management Option to be Implemented

Nature Foundation St. Maarten works with the National Recovery Program Bureau on Hurricane Irma Shipwreck Removal and Transplants Vulnerable Corals to New Location.

The Nature Foundation has been working closely with the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) and its contractors during the removal of the shipwrecks from Hurricane Irma in 2017 that still remain in the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Foundation staff has been providing assessments, advice, and assistance to ensure that the removal of these wrecks is done … Continue reading Nature Foundation St. Maarten works with the National Recovery Program Bureau on Hurricane Irma Shipwreck Removal and Transplants Vulnerable Corals to New Location.

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

Nature Foundation and R4CR Provide Update on Monkey Management Project to Allow Residents of St. Maarten to Voice Opinions on Different Management Solutions for the Invasive Vervet Monkey Population

Nature Foundation’s Monkey Management Project funded via the Resources for Community Resilience has recently undergone changes to the outline of the project. This change is due to time and resource constraints as well as an interest from the World Bank to continue the initial research. Due to this change, the project’s final initiatives have adapted … Continue reading Nature Foundation and R4CR Provide Update on Monkey Management Project to Allow Residents of St. Maarten to Voice Opinions on Different Management Solutions for the Invasive Vervet Monkey Population

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Irregularities Are Rising; Vigilance Also Needed Outside the Nesting Season

Nature Foundation St. Maarten staff encountered two deceased hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) sea turtle hatchlings on Gibbs Bay beach in the beginning of April. The egg incubation period is 60 days, meaning a female may have laid them sometime in late January. Sea turtles in Sint Maarten typically come ashore to nest in April until the … Continue reading Sea Turtle Nesting Season Irregularities Are Rising; Vigilance Also Needed Outside the Nesting Season

Week-long Shark Research to be Conducted in St. Maarten Waters

Cole Bay- 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 will be conducting shark research in the territorial waters of St. Maarten. This activity is a part of a wider research project into Tiger … Continue reading Week-long Shark Research to be Conducted in St. Maarten Waters