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 Detects Worrisome Coral Disease Epidemic on St Maarten Coral Reefs

The Nature Foundation St Maarten has recently established the presence of ‘Tissue Loss Disease’ on several local coral reefs. The disease is a relatively new issue that has been plaguing coral reefs in the Atlantic Basin for the last few months.

Nature Foundation Again Expresses Concern on the Unsustainable Use of Sint Maarten’s Beaches. Residents Being Restricted from Using Certain Beach Sections

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has again expressed concern regarding the way beaches, beach access and beach recreation have been managed in the country. The Foundation has had to respond several times to issues affecting beaches on the island ranging from beach construction, heavy equipment and other vehicles driving and parking on the beaches, structures … Continue reading Nature Foundation Again Expresses Concern on the Unsustainable Use of Sint Maarten’s Beaches. Residents Being Restricted from Using Certain Beach Sections

Two Dutch Caribbean Tagged Tiger Sharks Follow Similar Migration Patterns in the Caribbean

Two years ago the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) organized the first of its kind shark tagging expedition to the Saba Bank and St Maarten as part of the Dutch Postcode Lottery funded “Save our Sharks” project. Eight shark researchers with a support crew and two camera teams captured and tagged tiger sharks on St … Continue reading Two Dutch Caribbean Tagged Tiger Sharks Follow Similar Migration Patterns in the Caribbean

Caribbean-wide “Plant a Million Coral” Initiative Launched on Sint Maarten

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

Nature Foundation Warns That Residents of Guana Bay, Point Blanche Starting to Experience Adverse Health Effects Due to Large Amounts of Decomposing Sargassum Seaweed

COLE BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is warning that residents of coastal communities are starting to experience adverse health effects due to gasses released by decomposing Sargassum seaweed. In particular residents of Guana Bay and Point Blanch have requested the Nature Foundation to look into the matter: “We have been coordinating our monitoring efforts … Continue reading Nature Foundation Warns That Residents of Guana Bay, Point Blanche Starting to Experience Adverse Health Effects Due to Large Amounts of Decomposing Sargassum Seaweed

St Maarten Nature Foundation First To Launch Online Marine Park Tag System

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

Unknown Incident Causes Significant Damage To Nature Foundation ‘Fragments of Recovery” Coral Reef Restoration Program

Cole Bay- An unknown incident, more than likely caused by a large vessel, caused significant damage to the Nature Foundation Coral Reef Restoration Program. During inspection dives the two primary coral nursery structures sustained major damage and some coral fragments were affected. Foundation staff replaced the nursery to a safer location and replaced coral fragments at … Continue reading Unknown Incident Causes Significant Damage To Nature Foundation ‘Fragments of Recovery” Coral Reef Restoration Program

Nature Foundation Closes Section of Dive Site Due to Danger of Collapse

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has announced that it has closed a section of one of the island’s most popular dive sites called the Carib Cargo, due to the risk it poses to divers visiting the site. “We have inspected a section of the Carib Cargo wreck at the stern of the ship by the … Continue reading Nature Foundation Closes Section of Dive Site Due to Danger of Collapse