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

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

Shark Killed Illegally Within Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area

dead shark on coral reef

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

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Responds to Sargassum Related Fish Die-Off in Oysterpond

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation over the weekend responded to a significant fish-die off event occurring in the Oysterpond wetland. The event is related to the present sargassum invasion the country is currently experiencing. “We have been at the area in Oysterpond for a few days now monitoring the situation and it is serious. Due … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Responds to Sargassum Related Fish Die-Off in Oysterpond

Nature Foundation Warns About Increased Potential for Large Scale Sargassum Invasion

COLE BAY:---- The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is warning of a potential significant influx of Sargassum seaweed in the coming days: “We have been coordinating our monitoring efforts with our partners in the region and based on weather predictions, sattelite imagery and aerial surveys there is a significant amount of the seaweed headed in our … Continue reading Nature Foundation Warns About Increased Potential for Large Scale Sargassum Invasion

Nature Foundation Teaches Milton Peters College Students About Coral Reefs, Mangroves and Littering

Last week the Nature Foundation visited the second form of Milton Peters College to teach the students about the importance of our coral reefs and about the Foundation’s Coral Restoration Project. Worldwide coral reefs are declining due to global warming, pollution, overfishing and habitat destruction, St Maarten’s coral reefs are also facing several threats and … Continue reading Nature Foundation Teaches Milton Peters College Students About Coral Reefs, Mangroves and Littering

Minister Giterson Reappoints Nature Foundation as Ecosystem Authority

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

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

101 Vessels Still Abandoned or Wrecked in Simpson Bay Lagoon

Cole Bay-The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation together with inspectors from the VROMI Ministry last week to map the amount of vessels still abandoned or sunk in the Simpson Bay Lagoon after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. During the exercise the Nature Foundation mapped and geolocated 101 boats still abandoned or sunk in the … Continue reading 101 Vessels Still Abandoned or Wrecked in Simpson Bay Lagoon

Nature Foundation Stocks Coral Nursery as Part of ‘Fragments of Recovery” Coral Reef Restoration Program

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has started to populate its first coral nursery structures as part of its ‘Fragments of Recovery, Coral Reef Restoration Program. The project was recently launched after most of the previous coral nurseries were damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “The first Staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) have been transplanted … Continue reading Nature Foundation Stocks Coral Nursery as Part of ‘Fragments of Recovery” Coral Reef Restoration Program