Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

Resumption of Groupers monitoring in Saint-Martin !

In Saint-Martin, the National Natural Reserve of Saint-Martin resumes the groupers monitoring in 2020 after several weeks of confinement.

Groupers monitoring © AGRNSM

Deployed by the Association de Gestion de la Réserve Naturelle Nationale de Saint-Martin as part of Life BIODIV’OM program, grouper monitoring is carried out at 8 underwater stations, along transects set up and surveyed by agents of the National Natural Reserve who count the number of Nassau groupers and Atlantic goliath groupers observed.

Started in 2019, the association confirms the sad observation of a very weak presence of these fish on these stations and counts on the actions of Life BIODIV’OM program in Saint-Martin to modify this observation and obtain better results during the next monitoring.

Nassau grouper observed during grouper monitoring © AGRNSM

Life’s actions

As a reminder, in Saint Martin, the actions of the Life BIODIV’OM program focus on two species of grouper, the Atlantic goliath grouper and the Nassau grouper. These two species are mainly threatened by a lack of regulation in the territories with regard to fishing, the destruction of habitats such as coral reefs or climatic events.
To overcome these threats, the AGRNSM conducts consultation workshops with professional fishermen and recreational boaters in order to learn more about current fishing practices. It also produces a guide of good practices for boaters and sets up a participative network in order to collect the maximum amount of data by users of the sea and divers…

Finally, in 2019, the association began a larval recruitment protocol with the aim of strengthening knowledge of the species and also managed to put in place a new decree prohibiting fishing for the Nassau grouper and the Atlantic golitah grouper on the island of Saint-Martin for recreational sea fishing.

In 2020, the association continues the grouper monitoring as well as exploratory fishing and school interventions.