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!
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
General Coral Cover is Reduced, Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area Shows Greater Resilience than Reefs Outside of the Protected Area. Support more research like this Reef monitoring data has been scientifically analyzed to assess the impacts of hurricane Irma and Maria on Sint Maarten Coral Reefs following the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network … Continue reading Nature Foundation Scientifically Analyzes the Impacts of Hurricane Irma on St Maarten Coral Reefs Using Global Coral Reef Monitoring Guidelines
Since 1997, the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, together with other islands of the Dutch Caribbean, has been the worldwide example for charging an environmental user fee to users of the national "Man of War Shoal" Marine Park. However, the current dive tag system has issues keeping up with the demand. Production costs, administration, risk management, … Continue reading St Maarten Nature Foundation First To Launch Online Marine Park Tag System
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, 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
St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister Miklos Chomain Giterson signed the continuation of a service level agreement recently with the Nature Foundation appointing the organization as the Ecosystem and Environmental Authority of the Country. Under the agreement, the Nature Foundation continues to act as the management and scientific authority for marine and terrestrial ecosystems in St. Maarten … Continue reading Minister Giterson Reappoints Nature Foundation as Ecosystem Authority
Managing director of the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Tadzio Bervoets recently attended the regional UNESCO Man and Biosphere meeting held in St. Ann, Jamaica. The meeting, hosted by the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, was held in order to move attending islands and their representatives to have areas listed under the Man and Biosphere (MAB) … Continue reading Nature Foundation Attends UNESCO Meeting in Jamaica. Push to Get Man of War Shoal Marine Park Listed as a Man and Biosphere Reserve.
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
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