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Nature Foundation Partners with Real Madrid Foundation, AUC to Host First In-No-Plastic Beach Clean-Up

This past week, the Nature Foundation partnered with the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau alongside the Real Madrid Foundation to organize two beach clean-ups. These two clean-ups were a part of the Nature Foundation’s newest project In-No-Plastic and took place on Mullet Bay Beach and … Continue reading Nature Foundation Partners with Real Madrid Foundation, AUC to Host First In-No-Plastic Beach Clean-Up

Staff to Depart on Saba Bank Expedition to Enhance Tiger Shark Protections in the Caribbean

Photo credit © : Sami Kattan (all rights reserved)  Starting August 1, 2021 a team of researchers will spend a week on the Saba Bank investigating the life-cycle of tiger sharks. Researchers will investigate the migration routes, where and when tiger sharks breed so they can protect them better within the Dutch Caribbean’s Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark … Continue reading Staff to Depart on Saba Bank Expedition to Enhance Tiger Shark Protections in the Caribbean

Nature Foundation Participates in New European Union Initiative to Reduce Ocean Plastic Litter

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten is joining as a contributor in a new project ‘In-No-Plastics’, a European Union-funded global initiative. In-No-Plastic focuses on innovative approaches towards the prevention, removal, and reuse of marine plastic litter (plastic debris that ends up in the ocean). On St. Maarten, the project will focus on litter clean-ups around the … Continue reading Nature Foundation Participates in New European Union Initiative to Reduce Ocean Plastic Litter

First Successful Sea Turtle Nesting of the Season Confirmed 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 First Successful Sea Turtle Nesting of the Season Confirmed on Dawn Beach

Major Ocean Oil Spill Originating from G.E.B.E. Powerplant, Nature Foundation Responds

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 Major Ocean Oil Spill Originating from G.E.B.E. Powerplant, Nature Foundation Responds

Monkey Management Project Completed as Part of the R4CR Grant, Management Option Implementation Urged

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 Monkey Management Project Completed as Part of the R4CR Grant, Management Option Implementation Urged

Nature Foundation Works with the National Recovery Program Bureau on Hurricane Irma Shipwreck Removal, Transplants 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 Works with the National Recovery Program Bureau on Hurricane Irma Shipwreck Removal, Transplants 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