Marine Park Manager
St. Eustatius National Parks
Gallows Bay z/n
Tel/Fax: (599) 318-2884
Location: Zeelandia Beach
Species: Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback
Objectives: The objectives of the monitoring program are to:
1. Tag all turtles which nest (try to nest) on Zeelandia Beach
2. Mark all nests to monitor survival and hatching / emerging success
3. Relocate nests laid in erosion zones
The ultimate goals of the program are:
• Protection of endangered species by increasing knowledge about population numbers, life cycles, migration, etc.
• Reducing impacts on turtle populations by preventing predation of hatchlings on entry to sea, conducting beach clean-ups, relocating nests from erosion sites, etc.
• To follow the example of St. Croix, which recorded 18 leatherback turtles nesting in 1982, 130 leatherback turtles in 2002, and 160 between April-May 2003.
Volunteers are always welcome to participate in any of the program’s activities; such as morning track surveys, dusk hatchling walks, nest excavations, beach clean-ups or night beach patrols. They should contact the Visitor Center for more information! If you know you will be on St Eustatius and would like to participate feel free to fill out a waiver form and bring it by the office as well (click here for Visitor Guidelines)
Visit the website at www.statiapark.org for more information about STENAPA and its turtle conservation related activities.
Support the park and its activities through donations or become a Friend of STENAPA.
Volunteering opportunities are available through the Working Abroad program which can be accessed at www.workingabroad.com.
If you have specific skills, perhaps these can be made useful through an internship. If this may be a possibility, don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The provisions of Article 6 have been superseded by the National Nature Conservation Ordinance of the Netherlands Antilles, enacted in 2001, which confers year round complete protection on marine turtles and their nesting areas (STENAPA, 2002)
As St Eustatius is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands it is also therefore a signatory to the following international agreements concerning sea turtles:
CITES, Cartagena Convention, SPAW, IAC, CBD, and CMS
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