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.

At Least Two Sites Seriously Impacted

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Le même site de cornes de cerf avant et après Irma, au sud de la baie orientale The same site of Staghorn coral, to the south of Orient Bay, before and after Irma
Le même site de cornes de cerf avant et après Irma, au sud de la baie orientale The same site of Staghorn coral, to the south of Orient Bay, before and after Irma

Since November, the turbidity of the water filled with sediment, and strong swells have made it difficult to dive, so that the Réserve still has numerous sites left to evaluate post Irma. However, the hurricane badly damaged two sites identified a few years ago for their interesting density of Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) and Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis). The majority of the branches of the coral were broken and all that remains are the stumps of these colonies, while a multitude of coral fragments are strewn on the ocean floor. These two sites –North Cove Bay on Tintamare and the rocky point located to the south of Orient Bay– represented a refuge for these two species of branched coral due to the cool temperature of the water, which is regularly freshened by the movement of the waves.

Le même site de cornes de cerf avant et après Irma, au sud de la baie orientale The same site of Staghorn coral, to the south of Orient Bay, before and after Irma
Le même site de cornes de cerf avant et après Irma, au sud de la baie orientale The same site of Staghorn coral, to the south of Orient Bay, before and after Irma

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