The Nature Foundation St. Maarten is now accepting applications from local youth for the 2020 Junior Ranger Program.

St. Maarten students from the ages of 12 to 14 are being invited to apply to become Junior Rangers for the Nature Foundation St. Maarten. These students will learn about several topics and skills regarding conservation from the foundation staff during planned monthly activities. Educating the youth of St. Maarten about the importance of preserving … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten is now accepting applications from local youth for the 2020 Junior Ranger Program.

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Launches first Eco-Bracelet to show support in Protecting and Enhancing St. Maarten’s Natural Environment!

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The Nature Foundation St. Maarten presents their first Eco-Bracelets which identifies the carrier as an eco-warrior and symbolizes their commitment to a clean and sustainable St. Maarten, the project is made possible through the generous contribution from the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) on behalf of their members. The Eco-bracelet is made from recycled polyethylene … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Launches first Eco-Bracelet to show support in Protecting and Enhancing St. Maarten’s Natural Environment!

Support the Nature Foundation St. Maarten by voting for the Summer Sea Turtle Sustainability Grant!

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The Nature Foundation St. Maarten is eligible to receive votes for the Summer Sea Turtle Sustainability Grant of $5,000 USD, which has been made possible by the Turtle Island Restoration Network and SEE Turtles to support sea turtle research and conservation projects. The Nature Foundation has actively managed and monitored the sea turtle nesting activities … Continue reading Support the Nature Foundation St. Maarten by voting for the Summer Sea Turtle Sustainability Grant!

Warning for all scuba divers and dive schools!

After the Nature Foundation St Maarten recently established the presence of ‘Tissue Loss Disease’ on several local coral reefs in October 2018, a more elaborate research study by the Nature Foundation established on average a 60% infection and mortality rate of the most susceptible stony corals in the Marine Park ‘Man of War Shoal’.

Nature Foundation Researches the Immense Impact of Coral Disease on St Maarten Reefs.

The Nature Foundation has been monitoring the impact of the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease on St Maarten coral reefs since it was first discovered in October 2018. Recently, a more elaborate research from the Nature Foundation established on average a 60% infection and mortality rate of the most susceptible stony corals in the Marine … Continue reading Nature Foundation Researches the Immense Impact of Coral Disease on St Maarten Reefs.

Nature Foundation Initiates Early Morning, Weekend Patrols to Combat Illegal Fishing

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Adhering to no fishing rules of the Marine Park important to rebuilding local fish stocks. The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has increased its patrolling of the Man of War Shoal Marine Park in order to combat illegal fishing activities. Foundation staff will be patrolling during weekends and early morning hours in order to increase their … Continue reading Nature Foundation Initiates Early Morning, Weekend Patrols to Combat Illegal Fishing

Incidents of Poaching Recorded Within Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area

Nature Foundation Cooperating with Coast Guard to Apprehend Poachers The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has been recording a number of incidents of poaching within the Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area. The Foundation has been noticing evidence of poaching and have been sent pictorial proof of poaching incidents in the MPA. The area of … Continue reading Incidents of Poaching Recorded Within Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area

Nature Foundation Encourages Boat Owners to Observe Marine Traffic Laws to Protect Wildlife

The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is encouraging boaters in the waters surrounding St. Maarten to observe the rules and regulations regarding marine traffic speeds. “Over the past few weeks we have been seeing issues pertaining to boats speeding in zones where they should not causing damage to wildlife. Last week a turtle washed ashore after … Continue reading Nature Foundation Encourages Boat Owners to Observe Marine Traffic Laws to Protect Wildlife

Critically endangered sawfish and vulnerable silky shark gain additional protection in the Caribbean

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Last week Caribbean nations agreed to add two more species to the Annexes of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol, the only transnational legal instrument for the environment of the Caribbean. At the insistence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, regional SPAW member governments unanimously decided to recommend largetooth sawfish and silky shark … Continue reading Critically endangered sawfish and vulnerable silky shark gain additional protection in the Caribbean

When visiting St Maarten dive site, don’t forget to buy your Marine Park Tag online!

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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!