Highlights of STENAPA activities in 2007
The green turtle "Track" that was
fitted with a transmitter can be
rcpn in thp nhntn hpln\ox "Trirlk"
left Statia on September 2nd for
her feeding grounds off Santo
Domingo and at her final trans-
mission on December 23rd, was
still in that area.
In 2007, 12 nests were marked:
five leatherbacks, five greens and
two hawksbill nests. 2 nests were
lost due to high tides.
12 beach cleanup were held on
Zeelandia beach which is the
main nesting beach. A beautifica-
tion project was started there
with the objectives of deterring
vehicles from driving on the
beach, reducing sand mini ng
and preventing further erosion.
Visits to local schools, competi-
tions and presentations were also
carried out by the program coor-
dinator throughout the year.
Botanical Garden (Phase II):
This year saw the completion of
Phase I of the Botanical Garden
and the beginning of Phase II.
Because of the size of the area
and the lack of manpower, much
work continues to go into the
maintenance of Phase I in order
to control the growth of Corallita
and keep grassyareas cut.
Phase 11's development of a
Children's Garden and a Fruit
garden will contain all the
local fruit trees that are fast
disappearing from the island.
The regular children's activi-
ties were held in 2007. Snor-
kel Club and Junior Ranger
Club were complemented this
year by a Junior Ranger II
program for older children.
During the summer while
school was out, the STENAPA
Summer Club program
treated around 40 children to
some very exciting and edu-
cational activities three days a
Various school competitions
were held and included essay,
art and photo categories.
Several surveys were com-
pleted this year, with the help
of interns and visiting experts,
all supported by members of
Several of the surveys focus-
sed on the fauna of the is-
The research included bird,
land crab and goat popula-
tion surveys and an animal
In the Marine Park, a Reef
Check monitoring report and
a tanker impact study were
finalised. Also a habitat map
of the Marine Park was com-
pleted which is essential for
knowing exactly where the
reefs, coral, seagrass beds and
other bottom environments
Marking 10 years of protec-
tion of our pristine coral reefs
and diverse fish populations,
the Marine Park held a week
of activities in December to
celebrate its anniversary.
The Acting Governor General
of the Netherlands Antilles
Her Excellency Mrs. Adele van
der Pluim -Vrede officially
opened the Visitor Centre.
The Statia Park Splash for chil-
dren on the Wednesday (boat
trips, games and fun fair) was
very well attended.
A celebration party with prize
giving and a buffet was held
at the Gin House to close off
the week of activities. More
on the 10th Anniversary cele-
brations on the inside pages.
Inside this Publication
2007 Activities I
Winning entries of the 2
1Oth anniversary photo
Marine Park Officially 3
Named National Park
Become a Friend of 4
Help out at the Gardens 4
* You canj oin us for our
regular beach cleanup.
Watch for the flyers that
will be posted around
town or call the office.
* Reduce plastic waste and
Styrofoam in the envi ron-
ment by thi nki ng a head.
E.g. pack your lunch in a
reusable dish with a cover
instead of Styrofoam.
h- S Eusatis: Ntioal ad MrinePark an Botnicl Gaden
Winning Photos From 10 Year Anniversary Week
Winner of "Above water" category
Winner of "Macro" category
Ouill from Signal Hill Ms. Hannah Leslie
Blenny -Mr. Glenn Faires
Winner of "Wide Angle" category
Coral reef-Dr. Brenda Kir by
Second Placein "WideAngle"category
Squirrel swirl-Dr DDuncan Kirkby
Second Place in Above water" category
Second Place in Macro"Category
Friends /Goby and Coneyl -Dr Brenda Kirkby
Third Place in "Above water" category
Past and Present Dr. Brenda Kirkby
ThirdPlacein 7Macro Category
Stonefish face-Dr Duncan Kirkby
ThirdPlace in "Wide Angle" category
Ray of sun -Dr Duncan Kirkby
The three "Above water" entries below
the blue line received a special menti on
for their exceptional quality.
Ms. Dagmar Paulus-"Above Water"
Dr. Brenda K~i rk~by--"Above Water"
Mr. Tim Roberts-"Above Water"
The St. Eustatius Marine Park
Achieves National Park Status
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For all the persons that have been in-
volved in one way or another with the
National Parks Foundation (STENAPA)
over the years, Monday, December 3rd,
turned out to be a very emotional occa-
Mr. Paul Hoetjes of MINA, the Depart-
ment of Environment and Nature of the
Netherlands Antilles, announced on
behalf of the Minister of Publ ic Health &
Social Development of the Netherlands
Antilles, Mrs. Omayra Leeflang, that the
St. Eustatius Marine Park has been offi-
cially designated a National Park.
St Eustatius has now become the first
island of the Netherlands Antilles to have
two National Parks.
While this new status does not automati-
cally bring with it any more funding, it
does conveyto visitors and residents alike
the enormity of the work that has gone
into the park and the quality of the man-
agement practices that are employed i n
the daily running of the park
It is ten years since the Marine Park first
opened its office and started operations
to install the first moorings for dive sites
andyachts. During this time, the Marine
Park has gone from strength to strength
in its efforts to protect the 27.5km2 of
coral reef and sea grass beds in the wa-
ters around the entire island of St. Eusta-
The official new name for the park is the
Statia National Marine Park. Unfortu-
natelysince this honor came as a com-
plete surprise it will be some time before
the general public will be able to see
promotional materials bearing this new
title. In the meantime the National Parks
Foundation will ensure through their
ongoing public awareness programs that
this achievement is well publicized.
STENAPA thanks all those who made this
change in status possible through their
hard work, contributions and general
A special mention goes to the staff, some
of whom have moved on to other obs,
forall their hardwork Andto past man-
agers who each in their own way con-
tributed to the continued existence of the
Also deserving of thanks are the many
hardworking interns and volunteers that
come to the island to work in the parks.
Not only do the interns not receive any
compensation, but the volunteers actu-
ally pay all their own costs in advance to
be able to come and lend a ha nd.
After the recent completion of the Marine
Park Management plan, the National
Parks Foundation in order to complywith
management regulations has begun the
consultation a nd research phase for the
Quill/Boven National Park management
This plan will encompass the next five
years andwill include an outline of the
goals that the board, management and
stakeholders would like to see achieved
in the Quill National park in that time
A management plan serves as an impor-
tant reference tool to guide and gauge
the progress of the work in the National
Park in the coming years.
The National Parks Foundation would
like to encourage all stakeholders to co-
operate by attend ng meetings, filling out
survey forms and otherwise voici ng their
opinions so that their views andvisions
for the Quill National Park can be in-
cluded i n the mana gement plan.
Stakeholders such as taxi drivers, hotels,
restaurants etc. will be informed over the
next few weeks when meetings and con-
sultations will be held.
As a reminder, the Marine Park manage-
ment plan is available for review at the
office or online on STENAPA's website
which is www.statiapark.org.
Pass by the Visitor Center at
Gallows Bay any weekday
from 7:00am 5:00pm
Prices from FIs 5,- to FIs 50,-
Open during the lunchtime !!
St Eustatius: National and Marine
Parks and Botanical Gardens
National Parks Office
St. EustatiLu, Netherlands Antilles
info@statia prk org
STENAPA is an environmental non-profit foundation on St Eustatius and
was established in 1988. The objectives of STENAPA are to upkeep the
natural environment, to preserve and protect endangered or endemic
species (flora and fauna) and to educate the community about the im-
portance of the protection of the natural environment.
Areas of responsibility include management of the marine park, the na-
tional parks and the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Gardens. STENAPA is
legally delegated by the Island Council to manage these protected areas.
Next edition of STENAPA Update available soon with articles on:
* Island-wide flora inventory by Conservation International
* New publication: Guide to Diving in Statia National Marine Park
* Annual Report 2007
* The new Children's Garden at the Botanical Garden
Become a "Friend of STENAPA". Join Now!!
The Friends of STENAPA program was
launched at the start of the Marine Park
anniversaryweek of celebrations in the
first week of December.
It is hoped that this new membership
plan will allow nature lovers in the gen-
eral public to contribute to nature con-
servation on the island.
This "new look" program comes with five
different membership levels each with its
own incentive packa ge.
A line of products has also been devel-
oped to showcase the new Friends of
STENAPA logo. These include among
other things, a durable canvas tote-bag
made from 100% recycled material, book-
marks, magnets, t-shirts, stickers, towels.
The new logo
l All funds will
Sgo to the up-
keep of the different parks. In particular,
maintenance and material costs for the
parks can be very high.
A number of local businesses have already
signed up to offer discounts to persons
presenting their Friends of STENAPA mem-
5% All food and drinks
Brown's Garage 10% All labor
Dive Statia 2nd hour free-kayak rental
Five Pearls shop 10% All purchases
I.F. Rivers 5-10% General merchandise
Largo Heights 10% Foodonly
Pandt Steel 10% Gates/welding repair
Scubaqua 10% Dive fees (rack rates)
Sonnys 10% Food(no take-out)
SuperBurger 10% Hot lunch
Within short all businesses that are a part of
the membership program will receive a
Friend of STENAPA sticker to display. This
will make it easier for members to identify
them. The list will be updated and pub-
lished as new businesses join the program.
Persons wishing to become a member or
purchase a gift membership can obtain
more detailed information from the Na-
tional Parks Visitor Center or online on our
Lend a hand at the
Work is now underway on developing
the next phase of the Botanical Gardens.
Leveling and planting has begun in the
Children's Garden and the Fruit Garden
which are the areas that make up Phase
II of the Miriam Schmidt Botanical Gar-
volunteers making a stonepatnlway.
There is a diversity of work going on i n-
cluding laying of paths, constructing of
low stone walls, taking cuttings, trans-
planting, watering and weeding.
Anyone who wishes to roll up their
sleeves andvolunteer can contact the
Visitor center for work times and more
information. The two new gardens make
up more than an acre so any help would
be greatly appreciated. Bring a friend!!