PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As part of the Save our Sharks Project the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation organized the very first Kingdom Shark Count in cooperation with several local dive schools including Ocean Explorers, Dive Safaris and Dive Adventures. The Shark Count was executed simultaneously on all six Dutch Caribbean island and in the Netherlands.
The shark count contributes significantly to the Nature Foundation’s scientific research into the abundance and movement patterns of sharks in local waters.
The count also provides insight into the state of our shark population and seasonal and yearly patterns of sharks on valuable coral reefs.
Sharks are very important to the health of coral reefs, oceans and fish stock; therefor this research has great value for the Nature Foundation and Sint Maarten.