La Réserve naturelle de Saint-Martin est une aire marine protégée de 30km2 située au nord-est de l’île de Saint-Martin. Créé en 1998, cet espace préserve les cinq principaux écosystèmes de l’île : récifs coralliens, mangroves, herbiers de phanérogames, étangs et forêt sèche littorale. La Réserve gère également les 14 étangs du Conservatoire du littoral et ses 11 km de rivages terrestres naturels.

Sea Turtles: 315 Patrols, In Spite Of Irma Trace laissée par une tortue marine - Trace left by a sea

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Trace laissée par une tortue marine | Trace left by a sea turtle
Trace laissée par une tortue marine | Trace left by a sea turtle

The 50 or so eco-volunteers dedicated to reporting the egg-laying activities of sea turtles continued in 2017 with 315 patrols on the 11 beaches surveyed by the Réserve. They found 131 traces, of which 96 were reported in less than 24 hours. Green turtles left 94 of these traces, and the other 36 were by hawksbill turtles. A third of these traces resulted in the laying of eggs. Other traces were reported on the island, outside of the 11 beaches covered by the eco-volunteers, most notably eight traces of leatherback turtles, six of which were at Orient Bay. Two emergences of leatherback turtles were observed in 2017, one at Orient Bay and the other close to La Samanna, at Long Bay. Irma naturally had a major impact of the follow-up of the eggs, which stopped short on September 6 as the daily life of the eco-volunteers suddenly became much more complicated. For the first time since it was launched in 2009, the project was cut short by three months. The egg-laying season in 2018 will be interesting to follow and the Réserve will once again call upon the generosity of volunteers.

All articles from: Journal-31

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