Shark Killed Illegally Within Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area

dead shark on coral reef

Nature Foundation, Authorities Investigating Incident The lifeless body of a juvenile Caribbean Reef Shark was confiscated by the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation after divers reported it on a reef just within the Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area. The intentional hunting and harming of sharks has been made illegal in Sint Maarten Waters since … Continue reading Shark Killed Illegally Within Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area

Nature Foundation Teaches Milton Peters College Students About Coral Reefs, Mangroves and Littering

Last week the Nature Foundation visited the second form of Milton Peters College to teach the students about the importance of our coral reefs and about the Foundation’s Coral Restoration Project. Worldwide coral reefs are declining due to global warming, pollution, overfishing and habitat destruction, St Maarten’s coral reefs are also facing several threats and … Continue reading Nature Foundation Teaches Milton Peters College Students About Coral Reefs, Mangroves and Littering

Nature Foundation Stocks Coral Nursery as Part of ‘Fragments of Recovery” Coral Reef Restoration Program

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has started to populate its first coral nursery structures as part of its ‘Fragments of Recovery, Coral Reef Restoration Program. The project was recently launched after most of the previous coral nurseries were damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “The first Staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) have been transplanted … Continue reading Nature Foundation Stocks Coral Nursery as Part of ‘Fragments of Recovery” Coral Reef Restoration Program

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Launches Reduce and Reuse Sint Maarten Project Aiming to Reduce the Island’s Single-Use Plastic Consumption

The Nature Foundation organized a beach cleanup at Mullet Bay Beach on the 18th of April in order to kick off their new project to encourage residents and visitors to ‘Reduce and Reuse’ their plastic output. About 15 volunteers removed 294 pounds of trash from the beach, using the Trash Tracker method developed by Ocean … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Launches Reduce and Reuse Sint Maarten Project Aiming to Reduce the Island’s Single-Use Plastic Consumption

Nature Foundation Relaunches ‘Fragments of Recovery” Coral Reef Restoration Program

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has started to populate its first coral nursery structures again after most of the previous coral nurseries were damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Foundation has slowly started to implement its ‘Fragments of Recovery” coral restoration projects with installing the first two coral reef nurseries in an … Continue reading Nature Foundation Relaunches ‘Fragments of Recovery” Coral Reef Restoration Program

Nature Foundation Intercepts Poachers in Marine Park, Seized Fish Donated to White and Yellow Cross Foundation

Adhering to no fishing rules of the Marine Park important to rebuilding local fish stocks Staff of the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation intercepted the vessel Oyster, with registration number SX1438, that was found poaching illegally in the Man of War Shoal National Marine Park at the location 17 ̊-59.511 N and 63 ̊-03.327 W close … Continue reading Nature Foundation Intercepts Poachers in Marine Park, Seized Fish Donated to White and Yellow Cross Foundation

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Gives Update to King and Queen of Netherlands on Environmental Impacts and Restoration Activities Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria

On Saturday the 2nd of December the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation gave an update to Their Majesties King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on the environmental impacts and the organization's activities post Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Scientifically Assess Coral Reef Impacts Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria Using GCRMN Standards

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has started to scientifically monitor the state of the country’s coral reefs after the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. With financial support made available by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance the Foundation has started to research the state of the Country’s coral using the GCRMN method; “Reef … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Scientifically Assess Coral Reef Impacts Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria Using GCRMN Standards

70-95% of Some Coral Species on Sint Maarten Reefs Suffered Extreme Hurricane Damage

The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has been continuously monitoring coral reefs both inside and outside of the Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area in order to determine the impact of Hurricane Irma. Intense impacts have been recorded on certain coral species and on the reef, however also some reef recovering has already been recorded. … Continue reading 70-95% of Some Coral Species on Sint Maarten Reefs Suffered Extreme Hurricane Damage

Nature Foundation Records Worrisome Red Algae Outbreak on St Maarten Reefs

The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has been continuously monitoring the reefs for their health and to assess the underwater damage caused by Hurricane Irma. During the reef surveys held at the beginning of November, several shallower dive sites started to show a worrisome outbreak of red algae species. Especially on reefs shallower than 35 feet … Continue reading Nature Foundation Records Worrisome Red Algae Outbreak on St Maarten Reefs