Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

A new class made aware of the protection of groupers in Saint-Martin!

On January 18, agents from the National Natural Reserve of Saint Martin intervened in a second class at Robert Weinum high school.

Sensitization of young people to the protection of groupers © AGRNSM

In continuation of the school activities for Life BIODIV’OM, it is this time at the high school that AGRNSM agents intervened to present the students with local actions in favor of Atlantic goliath groupers and Nassau groupers.

A scientific approach made it possible to demonstrate the challenges of knowledge about the biology and ecology of fish for a better proposal of sustainable conservation solutions.

Involve local people

The implementation of school-based interventions is part of a large awareness program aimed at involving local populations and local decision-makers in the protection of endangered species.

Thus, on each territory, 6 school interventions in class and on site must be carried out every year. For the AGNRSM, these interventions began in October 2019 and new workshops were therefore carried out in November and December with elementary schools, colleges and high schools.

These interventions will take place in class but also in the field, the opportunity to discover the two species of grouper, their fragile habitats and the study and management missions of these populations.

A broader awareness program

In order to raise local awareness of the protection of the Atlantic goliath grouper and the Nassau Grouper, the AGNRSM also produced, with the help of GEPOG in Guyana, an awareness clip on the Atlantic goliath Grouper and also carried out an awareness clip of the the Nassau Grouper.
Leaflets will also be deployed locally to raise awareness and encourage them to send their data when they observe individuals of Atlantic goliath Grouper and Nassau Grouper.