Irresponsible Mullet Bay Beach Goers Create Massive Amounts of Littering on Sunday

The Nature Foundation St Maarten was informed about a massive amount of littering which took place at Mullet Bay Beach over the weekend. The trash contained many different types of single-use plastics including Styrofoam, beer bottles, cans, boxes and much more. Also, car tracks on the beach were found, driving over the beach could cause … Continue reading Irresponsible Mullet Bay Beach Goers Create Massive Amounts of Littering on Sunday

Increased Sargassum Seaweed Collects on the Eastern Beaches of St. Maarten and an Increased Beaching Event of Sargassum is Expected

The Nature Foundation is forewarning the public about the increased amounts of Sargassum Seaweed on the Eastern beaches of St. Maarten. As we head into the summer months the temperature increases which causes the sargassum to bloom and large amounts are expected for this summer. This seaweed has been an increasing problem throughout the Caribbean … Continue reading Increased Sargassum Seaweed Collects on the Eastern Beaches of St. Maarten and an Increased Beaching Event of Sargassum is Expected

Sint Maarten Sea Turtles Experiencing a Decline in Nesting and Increase in Deaths, Nature Foundation St. Maarten Urges for Protection and Enforcement

The sea turtle nesting season of 2019 showed the presence of all three nesting species on our beaches; leatherback, green and hawksbill nets were found, however their beach habitat and survival are severely threatened on St. Maarten. Sea turtle nests were recorded on Gibbs Bay, Mullet Bay, Dawn Beach, Simpson Bay and Guana Bay Beach, … Continue reading Sint Maarten Sea Turtles Experiencing a Decline in Nesting and Increase in Deaths, Nature Foundation St. Maarten Urges for Protection and Enforcement

Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter during St Maarten’s First Brand Audit Cleanup

Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter during St Maarten’s First Brand Audit Cleanup The Nature Foundation St Maarten first brand audit cleanup results revealed that the number one of littered items on St Maarten beaches are single-use plastics. Volunteers and members from SXM A.C.T.I.O.N. and the Nature Foundation spent approximately two … Continue reading Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter during St Maarten’s First Brand Audit Cleanup

Nature Foundation St Maarten Expresses Concerns about Beach Reconstruction and Cleaning with heavy equipment.

In the last week the Foundation recorded heavy equipment on several beaches, such as Great Bay Beach and Oyster Bay Beach, in order to reconstruct the beach and remove garbage and sargassum due to the passing’s of storms and swells. The Nature Foundation understand the need of removing and reconstructing after large swells changed the … Continue reading Nature Foundation St Maarten Expresses Concerns about Beach Reconstruction and Cleaning with heavy equipment.

The Nature Foundation Stresses out to Stop Driving on the Beaches of St Maarten.

By Leslie Hickerson The Nature Foundation St Maarten is reminding residents and visitors to stop driving on the beaches of St. Maarten, which causes damage to wildlife and the environment. Beaches all around the island have long been used as an extension of parking areas as well as a common place for 4-wheelers or off-road … Continue reading The Nature Foundation Stresses out to Stop Driving on the Beaches of St Maarten.

Nature Foundation Tests Water Quality at Great Bay Beach after Heavy Rains on Monday

Great Bay – The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation on Tuesday tested water quality in the Great Bay Beach area after the heavy rains of Monday. As a part of the response to the heavy rainfall water from the Great Salt Pond was allowed to flow into Great Bay Harbor. “It is important after these heavy … Continue reading Nature Foundation Tests Water Quality at Great Bay Beach after Heavy Rains on Monday

***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

Large Influx of Sargassum Currently Making Landfall on St. Maarten; Nature Foundation Warns of Potential Health Effects

sargassum seaweed washing up, drone image

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 Large Influx of Sargassum Currently Making Landfall on St. Maarten; Nature Foundation Warns of Potential Health Effects

Nature Foundation Calls on Volunteers for Sea Turtle Nesting Patrols

turtle tracks in the sand in Philipsburg

The Nature Foundation St Maarten is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to patrol beaches for signs of sea turtle nesting. These precious sea creatures usually come ashore to lay their eggs during the nesting season that runs from April through November each year. Sea turtle population numbers have declined due to human impact.