Nature Foundation Managing Director Meets Princess Beatrix, Discusses Conservation Issues On St. Maarten

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

Nature Foundation’s ‘Adopt a Shark St Maarten’ Program Continues Due to Great Success!

The St Maarten Nature Foundation launched the Adopt a Shark program during St Maarten Shark Week in June 2018, but due to the continued demand of adopting a shark the Foundation decided to extend the program up to the end of this year. “It is important that we work together to ensure the survival of … Continue reading Nature Foundation’s ‘Adopt a Shark St Maarten’ Program Continues Due to Great Success!

Aruba, St. Eustatius Join Sint Maarten Nature Foundation in Conducting Shark Research Training

As part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance Save our Sharks Project marine conservation practitioners from St. Eustatius and Aruba joined with the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation in learning scientific research techniques related to shark conservation and research. Representatives from the St. Eustatius National Parks Office and the Aruba Arikok National Park spent a week … Continue reading Aruba, St. Eustatius Join Sint Maarten Nature Foundation in Conducting Shark Research Training

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 following five schools; Sister Regina, Leonald Connor, Learning Unlimited, Oranje School and the Ruby Labega School. The Shark Crew from the Nature … Continue reading Nature Foundation Visits Several Elementary Schools for St Maarten Shark Week

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Relaunches Save our Sharks Shark Conservation Project

Cole Bay— The St Maarten Nature Foundation has restarted its shark conservation program as part of the DCNA Save Our Sharks project funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. The research is aimed at better understanding the life characteristics of sharks in St Maarten waters including population structure, abundance and migration. The Foundation has had … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Relaunches Save our Sharks Shark Conservation Project

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, with the Support of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, Structurally Cleans Beaches.

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, through the support of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance DCNA, has been able to structurally put a program in place to clean the beaches over the past week. Despite several beach-clean-ups being held and due to large amount of trash and hurricane debris still being found on the beaches the … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, with the Support of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, Structurally Cleans Beaches.

Nature Foundation Visits Schools for Shark Week

Recently, during St Maarten Nature Foundation Shark Week, Nature Foundation staff visited several Elementary schools to educate the kids about sharks, shark conservation and the Caribbean Ecosystem. The Foundation visited six schools; the St. Maarten Montessori School, the Dr Martin Luther King School, the Sr. Borgia School, the Sr Magda School, the Sr Marie Laurence … Continue reading Nature Foundation Visits Schools for Shark Week

Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance does first shark-tagging exercise

PHILIPSBURG--Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) caught and tagged a total of 22 sharks in October as part of a region-wide “Save our Sharks” project. Little is currently known about the status of shark populations in Dutch Caribbean waters, and tagging studies are a pivotal first step in determining which sharks are present, where they can … Continue reading Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance does first shark-tagging exercise

Nature Foundation starts shark-tagging programme

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Nature Foundation has initiated its shark-tagging programme as part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Save Our Sharks project, funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. This research is intended to better understand the life characteristics of sharks in St. Maarten’s waters, including population structure, abundance and migration. Jillian Morris and Duncan … Continue reading Nature Foundation starts shark-tagging programme

Hillsides

The topography of St. Maarten is mountainous with lush, green hillsides that slope upward to heights well above 200 meters. The highest peak is Weymouth Hill (382 meters or 1,255 feet) followed by Sentry Hill (341 meters or 1,119 feet) and St. Peters Hill (316 meters or 1,037 feet). This centrally located ring of hills … Continue reading Hillsides