Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

Let’s take a look at “The Eyes of the Groupers”

 On June 28, the agents of the Réserve Naturelle de Saint-Martin presented the Life BIODIV’OM program, their actions and in particular the project “The Eyes of the Groupers” at the “Turtles Marines” meeting.

“The Eyes of the Groupers” at the “Turtles Marines” meeting © AGRNSM

Sea Turtles Meeting

Second meeting of the year about the sea turtle nesting season in Saint-Martin, this meeting is an opportunity for all to learn more about the species of sea turtles frequenting the waters of Saint Martin, their biology, their threats and the monitoring organized by the Reserve with the aim of assessing the reproductive trends of the species. The Reserve also offers instructions to become a patroller and thus participate in tracking tracks on beaches and accumulate data in a participatory manner. It is in this context that the participative project “Eyes of Groupers” has been presented to the public present and will be set up in Saint-Martin shortly in the framework of Life BIODIV’OM.

«The Eyes of the Groupers»

This action aims at setting up a participatory network of observers called “The Eyes of Groupers” which will allow the various actors such as divers, fishermen or bathers to transmit their observations of grouper in a participative way. This will promote the accumulation of data while raising awareness among different audiences.


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.