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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

Nature Foundation Calls on Government Owned Companies and Major Developments to Have Environmental Impact Assessments Conducted and Environment Health and Safety Officers on Staff after Responding to Sewage Leaks Last Week

Cole Bay- Last week, the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation again responded to two incidents of waste water entering into the marine and wetland environment, prompting the organization to request that Government mandate that Government Owned Companies and large developments such as hotels execute Environmental Impact Assessments and hire Environmental Health and Safety Officers. The Nature Foundation … Continue reading Nature Foundation Calls on Government Owned Companies and Major Developments to Have Environmental Impact Assessments Conducted and Environment Health and Safety Officers on Staff after Responding to Sewage Leaks Last Week

Nature Foundation Organizes Environmental Pub Quiz Event

Nature Foundation St. Maarten is organizing an environmental event to educate residents and visitors about our environmental issues and the harmful impacts of single-use plastics while incorporating a competition element. An environmental pub quiz event will be held at Dinghy Dock Bar in Simpson Bay on the 23rd of May starting at 7 pm. St. … Continue reading Nature Foundation Organizes Environmental Pub Quiz Event

Nature Foundation Records First Leatherback Sea Turtle Nesting on our beaches since Hurricane Irma

On Sunday Night the Nature Foundation Sint Maarten recorded the first Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) nesting of the season on Simpson Bay Beach. The sea turtle laid a successful nest and found her way back to the sea safely. The Nature Foundation would like to hereby inform all stakeholders and beach users that the … Continue reading Nature Foundation Records First Leatherback Sea Turtle Nesting on our beaches since Hurricane Irma