Marine creatures moved from causeway construction site

POSTED: 09/21/12 1:07 PM

GREAT BAY-The St. Maarten Nature Foundation removed numerous animals that make their home in the Simpson Bay Lagoon from the causeway construction site. The foundation asked contractor Volker Stevin Caribbean that they send notification when dredging works will start at the landing site at the Port-de-Plaisance side of the Lagoon.

Earlier this week the foundation received information that dredging works will start and it initiated removal of a large number of lagoon specimen including upside down jellyfish, sea cucumbers, crabs, starfish and conch. The majority of the animals which were removed were taken to their new home by Little Key or in Mullet Pond. The dredging work carried out for the Causeway would have seriously negatively affected the animals had they not been removed.

Tri-Sport also initiated a similar campaign with a volunteer program called “Save the Lagoon Jellyfish campaign” where volunteers are asked to join in to remove the numerous animals affected by the building of the Causeway. The removal will begin today at 4 p.m. at Kim Sha Beach.

The Nature Foundation is also continuing with its mangrove relocation campaign supported by the St. Maarten Harbour Group of companies where mangroves are removed from the causeway landing site and housed at a nursery to be replanted when work at the causeway is complete.

The removal of the animals affected by the causeway is an ongoing process that will continue during the construction. People interested in helping should contact either Tri-Sport or the St. Maarten Nature Foundation at 544 42 67.

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