Beach mapping taking place in St. Eustatius

Many factors can influence and thereby (negatively) impact turtle nesting on the island. Photo: Stenapa

St. Eustatius National Parks organization last week got busy with measuring the beach at Zeelandia.

According to Stenapa, the amount of sand on the beach can fluctuate over time, but cliff falls, sand-mining and storm swells all work together to degrade the beach. This has a negative effect on the turtle nesting sites available.

In order to get a good picture of the developments at Statia’s largest beach, Stenapa’s Marine Team, together with their interns, headed out to Zeelandia to engage in a ‘beach mapping’ exercise.

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