Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

Beginning of Groupers monitoring in Saint-Martin

In Saint-Martin, the National Nature Reserve of Saint-Martin began monitoring Groupers in September 2019.

Groupers monitoring © AGRNSM

Each year, the Nature Reserves of Saint-Barthélemy, Petite-Terre in Guadeloupe and Saint-Martin, pool their resources and their teams to do the “Monitoring Reserves”. It is a question of determining the state of health of the coral reefs and the herbaria of the Reserves by the study of various indicators.

Groupers monitoring

On this occasion, the AGRNSM set up, in parallel, Groupers monitoring on 4 of the 8 stations envisaged. The method is to count the number of Goliath groupers and Nassau groupers on transects.

For now, although no grouper is observed along the transects, a few individuals have been observed nearby. The implementation of Life’s actions should contribute to increasing their presence during future follow-ups.

The actions of Life

As a reminder, in Saint-Martin, the actions of the Life BIODIV’OM program focus on two species of grouper, the Goliath grouper and the Nassau grouper. These two species are mainly threatened by a lack of regulation on the territories about fishing, the destruction of habitats such as coral reefs or climatic events.