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.

Baby coral doing well

Work continues in three nurseries for coral that were created in the spring of 2015 in the waters around Tintamare, Caye Verte, and Pinel. It will be a year before it is possible to measure any significant growth of the cuttings, which well secured to their supports, survived the passage of several recent storms without flinching. Generally speaking, after a critical acclimation period of approximately two weeks, the survival rate is 100%. Beforehand, the Réserve carefully selected samples of coral - Acropora sp. and more specifically «staghorn» (Acropora cervicornis) and «elkhorn» (Acropora palmata) - at several sites to ensure good genetic diversity and favorite the resistance of the young colonies. Similar initiatives are taking place in Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Saint- Barthélemy, which is collaborating with Saint Martin in a technical exchange concerning good practices for the health of these nurseries. Lastly, Nicolas Oury, a student at Intechmer in Cherbourg and a future senior oceanographic technician, recently supported his thesis on this subject, which he knows rather well, after spending a five-month training period dedicated to the creation of these nurseries..

All articles from: Newsletter-24

Restoration Of Degraded Areas And Populations

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