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Last week Caribbean nations agreed to add two more species to the Annexes of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol, the only transnational legal instrument for the environment of the Caribbean. At the insistence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, regional SPAW member governments unanimously decided to recommend largetooth sawfish and silky shark … Continue reading Critically endangered sawfish and vulnerable silky shark gain additional protection in the Caribbean
The Managing Director of the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Tadzio Bervoets attended the fiftieth anniversary of the Bonaire National Parks Foundation STINAPA. The Guest of honor of the commemoration was Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Royal Patron of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, the Network Organization of Nature Parks in the Dutch Caribbean, of which … Continue reading Nature Foundation Managing Director Meets Princess Beatrix, Discusses Conservation Issues On St. Maarten
The Nature Foundation St Maarten has recently established the presence of ‘Tissue Loss Disease’ on several local coral reefs. The disease is a relatively new issue that has been plaguing coral reefs in the Atlantic Basin for the last few months.
Cole Bay- the Nature Foundation St Maarten organized a field trip for the young students of the Sister Regina School on last Tuesday. The students visited Mullet Pond and learned about the importance of Wetlands and Mangroves and how they protect Sint Maarten from storm surge. The students also learned about the impact of trash on … Continue reading Sister Regina Students Learn Mangroves and Clean Mullet Bay Beach
In July 2018 the Nature Foundation launched a new online Marine Park Tag system; visitors can purchase St Maarten Marine Park Tags directly online via ReefSupport or via the Nature Foundation’s website https://naturefoundationsxm.org/. The Foundation would like to remind all scuba divers and marine park visitors that purchasing a Marine Park Tag is mandatory for … Continue reading When visiting St Maarten dive site, don’t forget to buy your Marine Park Tag online!
The Nature foundation will organize a second Reduce and Reuse night, as due to heavy rainfall previous Reduce and Reuse night attendance was limited. Therefore everyone has another option to learn about the harmful impacts of trash and single-use plastics on the environment and how you can reduce your own single-use plastic output. The evening … Continue reading Nature Foundation St Maarten Organizes a second Reduce and Reuse night at Buccaneers Beach Bar on Friday the 16th of November starting at 6pm
The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has again expressed concern regarding the way beaches, beach access and beach recreation have been managed in the country. The Foundation has had to respond several times to issues affecting beaches on the island ranging from beach construction, heavy equipment and other vehicles driving and parking on the beaches, structures … Continue reading Nature Foundation Again Expresses Concern on the Unsustainable Use of Sint Maarten’s Beaches. Residents Being Restricted from Using Certain Beach Sections
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
November 6th, 2018 Cole Bay, Sint Maarten - Intelligent reefs powered by nature have been installed at three sites in St. Maarten in a continuing effort to restore marine bio-diversity habitats devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Scientists, filmmakers, photographers, creatives, and leaders from the eco-tourism industry assisted the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation with its mission to … Continue reading Caribbean-wide “Plant a Million Coral” Initiative Launched on Sint Maarten