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.

A Multitude Of Debris

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L’étang de la Savane - Savane Pond © Conservatoire du littoral
L’étang de la Savane - Savane Pond © Conservatoire du littoral

This clean-up operation has since continued with the six agents of the association ACED and Aude Berger, tasked by Conservatoire for the coordination of the clearing of the sites since July 1. The collection of debris, both large and small, is sorted before taken to the trash center at the eco-site, where they are treated. Three car bodies, a good-sized boat, and a jet ski were removed thanks to this effort, as well as numerous personal objects, such as clothing, stuffed animals, and a large number of car parts. The Conservatoire appreciates the work done by ACED, especially in the ponds, where is it not easy to remove debris from the silt and pull it onto the shore, either by hand or on a kayak. At the Etang de Grand-Case, which is badly polluted, the agents worked between 5am and 7am, before air traffic began for the day. In July, they has help from 20 Belgian scouts and 100 scouts from France, supervised by the agents from the Réserve Naturelle, as well as by such associations as What de 9 and Clean Saint-Martin, and several local residents. The result today is that almost all of the ponds are clean, or will be by mid-December.

Grand nettoyage au Galion - Big clean-up at Galion
Grand nettoyage au Galion - Big clean-up at Galion

All articles from: Journal-33

To maintain or improve the ecological health of the salt ponds

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