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 Resumes Shark Telemetry Study on St Maarten

Recently the Nature Foundation installed three new acoustic receivers to research the movement patterns of sharks in Sint Maarten waters.  Due to Hurricane Irma seven receivers were lost, stagnating the Foundation’s research into shark abundance and movement patters around the island, a project which started in October 2015. This telemetry study is part of the … Continue reading Nature Foundation Resumes Shark Telemetry Study on St Maarten

Majority of Nature Foundation Marine Research Projects completely destroyed by Irma; Starts GoFundMe to Restart Coral Nursery Project

On the 6th of September powerful category 5+ hurricane ‘Irma’ did not spare the underwater world with her large waves and strong underwater motion and surge. Scientific in-water Marine Research conducted the Nature Foundation including the Coral Nursery, Conch and Seagrass Research and the Acoustic Receivers are totally damaged or completely lost. The Coral Nursery … Continue reading Majority of Nature Foundation Marine Research Projects completely destroyed by Irma; Starts GoFundMe to Restart Coral Nursery Project

Nature Foundation Starts Conch and Seagrass Research

The St Maarten Nature Foundation started their queen conch (Lobatus gigas) research with a survival experiment to determine if the survival of juvenile queen conchs, which  in many parts of the Caribbean are primarily associated with native seagrass beds,  differs between  native (T. testudinum) versus invasive seagrass (H. stipulacea). The Nature Foundation is collaborating with … Continue reading Nature Foundation Starts Conch and Seagrass Research

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

EU-funded Project to replant coral on local reefs starts

COLE BAY--Nature Foundation started to populate its first coral nursery structures last week in an attempt to repopulate depleted reefs around the island with rare coral species. The first Staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) have been transplanted to the coral nursery station on the dive site close to Simpson Bay called “the Bridge.” The two nursery … Continue reading EU-funded Project to replant coral on local reefs starts