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February 2004


I Newsletter 1/2004


STENAPA Update



Fishermen's Meeting 10th of February


Inside this issue:


A meeting was held at the
office of STENAPA between a
delegation of Statia' fisher-
men and STENAPA, as well
as environmental policy advi-
sor Paul Hoetjes and Fisheries
expert Faisal Dilrosun. Whilst
some grievances were aired
by the Fishermen regarding
certain restrictions to their
activities and potential haz-
ards from large vessels in the
vicinity of Statia Terminal,
STENAPA was encouraged
by the level of understanding
and cooperation exhibited by
the Fishermen.

Items on the agenda in-
cluded a fish catch survey;
the creation of an artificial
reef; additional demarcation
buoys; provisional results of
Conch survey and the co
opting of a fishermen's repre-
sentative to the board of
STENAPA.

It was decided that the artifi-
cial reef will be located 75-
100 feet off the Southern
Reserve. Items from the
"Farm" will be used for its
construction and transported
to the harbour from where
the Statia Responder will take
it to the site. As always,
STENAPA extends apprecia-
tion and thanks to the man-
agement of Statia Terminal
and the staff involved, for
their help. The artificial reef


will be completed in March.

The Fish Survey at the artifi-
cial reef site was carried out
at a depths of 24m or 75 feet.
It was found that the sea
bottom is sandy, covered
with coralline rubble. This
rubble cover is between 50%
- 60%. During 3 surveys 180
fish were counted, they were
mostly small reef fish.

After obtaining a permit from
the Shipping Department,
STENAPA is now able to
place two more demarcation
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are found in the outer harbour
and off White Wall. From the
available data it is established,
that the density of conch is three
times greater in Statia than in
Turks and Caicos islands, but
lower than in the Bahamas and
Dominican Republic. The depths
of conch is much greater than
elsewhere in the Caribbean. The
study did not find enough conch
(86) to have sufficient informa-
tion for decision making. The
results at hand will be used for a
more detailed seasonal study.


Volunteers at STENAPA 2



Completion of two 2
more arbors in Botani-
cal Garden

Clean-up of Zeelandia 2
Beach and harbour
area


Tompi Trail 3


In Memoriam Jean

STENAPA Radio Pro-
gram


Junior Rangers Club
Activities
Snorkeling Course


Special points of interest:
* The Botanical Gardens are
open from 7am-Noon every
weekday. Contact the office to
arrange a guided visit if you
want to visit outside of these
hours.

* Turtle Monitoring Season starts
in April. We welcome all volun-
teers to come for morning or
night patrols, and we provide a
short training as well. Please
contact the office.

* The next snorkeling course for
children (aged 8 and over)
starts Thursday 27th May.








STENAPA Update


Volunteers at STENAPA

Thursday the 5th of February saw the
departure of another group of volun-
teers. The evening before leaving Statia, a
party was given in their honour at the
home of Nicole Esteban, Manager of
St.Eustatius National Parks Foundation.
Although some volunteers stay longer
than the usual two months and function
as Interns on various projects, all present
were duly thanked for their hard work
while on this island. STENAPA once
again pointed out, that without the vol-
unteers the planned tasks and projects
just could not come to fruition.
Over the last few months ambitious un-
dertakings have been tackled and com-
pleted. The restoration of the Quill Trail
System as well as the repair of Tompi Hill


Head Trail are examples. This work was
done besides the ongoing projects for
the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden.
The volunteers are involved with all the
jobs that present themselves in the Parks,
either on land or on the water.

While Statia was still waving off the
group, the new batch of volunteers was
already preparing to get here. The first
arrivals were greeted on the 17th of Feb
and the rest came soon after.
At present they are building retaining
walls in the Gardens, but again it is
hands on for them where ever the need
arises. Natashia Euler, an Intern who has
been here for several months is working
along with them. Canada, England, Scot-
land and the US are short of a few very


nice young people at the moment I


(Photo taken by Heidi Duncan7
From left Dawn, Helen, Lucy, Jaime, Na-
tashia Euler, Foxi, Dave and Natasha.


Botanical Gardens: completion of two more arbors


STENAPA is pleased to announce the
completion of two more Sensory Arbors.
November saw the opening of the
Sense of Taste Arbor and on Tuesday the
3rd of February the Sense of Smell Arbor
was completed. This brings the total of
arbors to three as the Sense of Touch
Arbor has been established since August.
Work on two more arbors is in process,
eventually completing an arbor for all
five senses.
Natashia Euler, an Intern with STENAPA
since December, has the overall responsi-
bility for creating these very specialised
sections of the Botanical Garden. The
volunteers, as always have been of great
value to all concerned with this project.
Not only will the arbors offer the visitors


interesting plants to admire, they can A gathering of STENAPA personnel,
enjoy their surroundings while sitting volunteers and well wishers took place
on benches under umbrellas woven
from palm fronds. Hanging baskets are to celebrate the completion of the Sense
being prepared and filled of Smell Arbor.
with herbs, so that 'd --K_ f-
"smelling" them will be
made easier for children I
and older people.
Activity boards will ulti-
mately be placed in all the
arbors, describing the
plants and their uses.
Recipes for teas from .
herbs and bushes will also
be on display.
(Photo byRozenn le Scao/


Clean up of Zeelandia Beach by volunteers


To spruce up the beach at Zeelandia for
the festive season, nine STENAPA volun-
teers and interns attempted the daunting
task of collecting rubbish and litter depos-
ited there. They realized, that although
the beach does get cleaned so now and
again, refuse strewn all along the bottom
of the cliffs is an ongoing problem. They
noted with concern, that a fair amount of


medical refuse was found. Whether this
was washed out from Smith Gut or
came from the sea or somewhere else is
not clear. Another cause for concern
are the bits of rope, fishing net and
loads of plastic. These things are all le-
thal traps for marine creatures. At the
end of the day they had filled around
twelve big refuse bags, a notable haul.


While the volunteers and interns were
toiling on Zeelandia, the Snorkel Club
with their instructor Gershon Lopes and
several interns cleaned up the shallow
waters in the harbour area. They too
came away with a sizeable harvest of
tires, plastic, bottles and other rubbish.
Gershon and his group found it hard to
see in the murky water, as a lot of sand
from recent rains had deposited there.


Page 2








Newsletter 1/2004


Tompi Hill Head Trail

One of the casualties of the heavy rains
during the last months of 2003 and the
early newyear, was Tompi Hill Head
Trail.

Already in need of repair, the massive
down pours that accelerated the already
severe erosion problems endemic to
Statia, washing it out so badly that it
could not be used anymore.

The trail is an old shortcut between
Lower Town and Tompi Hill Head at the
top of the sand cliffs. The beginning of
the trail is situated between the offices of
STENAPA and the Blue Bead Restaurant
on Gallows Bay, from where it climbs up
along the cliffs to Kerk Weg.

A group of eleven stalwart volunteers
tackled thejob of repairing the trail and
making it safe again. Although Tompi Hill
Head Trail is relatively short, less than half
a mile, it is extremely steep. This is the
reason for the need of many steps. For a


large part they were very badly damaged
or gone altogether. To repair them, the
volunteers had to use re-enforcing steel
rods to hold the rocks in place that form
the steps. Two small bridges spanning
the eroded gut had to be rebuilt. The
trail, as seen in the inserted photo, is
edged with rocks and boulders and is
reinforced with wooden palettes in sev-
eral places.

On January the 13th 2004 the Tompi Hill
Head Trail, after 250 man hours of work,
was restored and STENAPA opened it
again to the public. Hikers who want to
get to the Quill, as well as residents in a
hurry, can once again use Tompi Hill Trail
as an initial quick access route from
Lower Town.

Taking into account that volunteers are
not only burly young men with enor-
mous muscle power, but that a large
proportion of the volunteer groups are
slim and dainty girls who are hardly used


to lugging large boulders around, this
project was no mean feat.

STENAPA thanks and salutes them.

(Photo by Jerry Kennedy)

Some of the volunteers who rebuilt Tompi Hill
Head Trail. From left sitting, Jacqui Eales, Alex
Cadle and Dave Gibson, standing, Natashia
Eule, Anna Herman, Darcy Comeau and Re
becca Gidney. Not available for the picture
were Michelle Simons, Sian Regan, Jeanne
MacDougall and Connie W/enzel


In Memoriam Jean Gemmill


In November last year, STENAPA was
shocked and saddened by the news that
Jean Gemmill had passed away sud-
denly. Jean had been a long time resi-
dent of Statia and a friend to many peo-
ple on this island in general and to
STENAPA in particular. She was the foun-
der of the Statia Morning Glory Horticul-
tural Club and an untiring supporter and
hands-on helper in the Botanical Garden.
Her dream to see the Gardens as the
Jewel of Statia is well on the way to be-
coming a reality. Alas she will not be with
us when that day arrives.

Not only did Jean nurture the plants in
the shade house and elsewhere in the
Gardens with love and dedication, she
also took so many newcomers to Statia
under her wing. There will be many
young people out there, Volunteers, In-
terns and Students who remember her
kindness, hospitality and commitment.


STENAPA has undertaken to create a Bird
Trail within the Botanical Garden. It will
be named the Jean Gemmill Bird Obser-
vation Trail. The creation of this trail was
Jean's idea and STENAPA will endeavour
to make it a worthy legacy to Jean's
memory. The trail should be completed
* within the next few months.

We will miss her. (Photo by Don Johnston)

-I


STENAPA on the Air


STENAPA announces with great pleasure,
that a slot for a monthly Radio Program has
become available on Radio Statia.

Nicole Esteban, Manager of St.Eustatius Na-
tional Parks, aims to share information, mat-
ters of environmental concern and general
news regarding STENAPA with the people
of Statia.

The program will be aired for the first time
this Thursday the 4th of February from 10:30
till 11:00 o clock in the morning.

In future, the Radio Program will be on air
every first Thursday of the month at the
same time slot, 10;30 to 1100 AM

The funding for this venture is undertaken
by the Representatiion of the Netherlands
in St. Maarten.


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St Eustatius National and
Marine Parks Foundation


STE*NA-PA FOUNDATION
St. Eustatus National Parks



National and Marine Parks Office
Gallows Bay
St. Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles
Phone: 599-318-2884
Fax: Same as phone (but phone first so we
can plug in fax)
Email: semp@goldenrocknet.com


STENAPA is an environmental not-for-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 importance of the
protection of the natural environment.

Areas of responsibility include management of the marine
park, the national parks and the Miriam C Schmidt Botanical
Gardens. STENAPA is legally delegated by the Island Council
to manage these protected areas.


President:
Vice President:
Treasurer:
Secretary:


Ronnie Courtar
Irving Brown
Jana Mason
Jessica Berkel


We wish to thank Heidi Duncan for her valuable time and
assistance in the production of this newsletter.


Junior Ranger Program

The aim and purpose of the Junior Rang-
ers club was discussed in the last edition
of STENAPA UPDATE.

Since the program got off the ground
twelve Junior Rangers have had six ses-
sions in the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical
Garden.

Under the tutelage of Gershon Lopes
and with the help of the volunteers, the
young rangers glean valuable knowl-
edge about their natural environment
and how to care for it.

During the time they have spent in the
Gardens, the Junior Rangers have, with
guidance from Natashia Euler created an
impressive central point within the mid-
dle of the Sensory Garden. A Travelers
Palm is planned to adorn the middle of
the center piece

Natashia and Gershon are helping these
young rangers in planting and caring for
a variety of plants, including their identifi-
cation. The Booklets which are given to
each Junior Ranger are designed to take
them step by step towards the comple-


tion of Stage I on the way to becoming
fully fledged Junior Rangers.

Apart from learning about the Flora of
Statia, the Junior Rangers have also had
6 sessions in the Quill National Park and
are being taught how to construct stone
walls and steps, and learning about their
rare species of plants and animals there.

According to Gershon, the month of
March will start off with a splash for the
youngsters.
Weather permitting, in the early part of
the month, he and some of the volun-
teers will introduce the Junior Rangers to
STENAPA's activities on the water. They
will be taught first of all, safety at sea;
how the boats and their engines work; as
well as maintenance of vessel and equip-
ment. A trip to the buoys where the vol-
unteers are tasked to clean the ropes and
do maintenance work on the buoys, will
be very informative and exciting for the
aspiring Rangers.

T-shirts were specially designed for the
Junior Rangers and worn by them with


Pride. The shirts are a pleasing grey with
a logo of Statia and environs, both ma-
rine and terrestrial. Matching caps
should be available soon.

Snorkel Club

In January of this year, 19 Statia young-
sters completed a snorkel course. Assis-
tant Parks manager and instructor Ger-
shon Lopes was pleased with the high
number of participants. This was the
largest class ever since the inception of
the course and on completion, the
youngsters received PADI skin-diving
certificates. Congratulations to all from
STENAPA.

Apart from learning new swimming
skills and gaining confidence in the use
of snorkeling equipment, and diving,
the youngsters were introduced to a
whole new world under water. Indeed
a wonderful experience for them all.

It is hoped, that perhaps some of the
graduates of the snorkeling course will
be interested in becoming Junior Rang-
ers in the future.


Ewai! ar.ol




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St Eustatius National and Marine Parks Foundation Newsletter 1/2004 February 2004 Volunteers at STENAPA 2 Completion of two more arbors in Botanical Garden 2 Clean-up of Zeelandia Beach and harbour area 2 Tompi Trail In Memoriam Jean 3 STENAPA Radio Program 3 Junior Rangers Club Activities Snorkeling Course 4 Inside this issue: STENAPA Update Fishermen’s Meeting 10th of February A meeting was held at the office of STENAPA between a delegation of Statia’ fishermen and STENAPA , as well as environmental policy advisor Paul Hoetjes and Fisheries expert Faisal Dilrosun. Whilst some grievances were aired by the Fishermen regarding certain restrictions to their activities and potential hazards from large vessels in the vicinity of Statia Terminal, STENAPA was encouraged by the level of understanding and cooperation exhibited by the Fishermen. Items on the agenda included a fish catch survey; the creation of an artificial reef; additional demarcation buoys; provisional results of Conch survey and the co opting of a fishermen’s representative to the board of STENAPA. It was decided that the artificial reef will be located 75100 feet off the Southern Reserve. Items from the “Farm” will be used for its construction and transported to the harbour from where the Statia Responder will take it to the site. As always, STENAPA extends appreciation and thanks to the management of Statia Terminal and the staff involved, for their help. The artificial reef will be completed in March. The Fish Survey at the artificial reef site was carried out at a depths of 24m or 75 feet. It was found that the sea bottom is sandy, covered with coralline rubble. This rubble cover is between 50% 60%. During 3 surveys 180 fish were counted, they were mostly small reef fish. After obtaining a permit from the Shipping Department, STENAPA is now able to place two more demarcation buoys in the Southern Reserve, making it a total of four markers. The Statia Responder will take the buoys and the chains to the sites. This project should also be concluded in March. During the Conch survey which ended in Sept, six sites were explored, four of them surveyed in detail. The results so far show that most conch Special points of interest: € The Botanical Gardens are open from 7am—Noon every weekday. Contact the office to arrange a guided visit if you want to visit outside of these hours. € Turtle Monitoring Season starts in April. We welcome all volunteers to come for morning or night patrols, and we provide a short training as well. Please contact the office. € The next snorkeling course for children (aged 8 and over) starts Thursday 27th May. are found in the outer harbour and off White Wall. From the available data it is established, that the density of conch is three times greater in Statia than in Turks and Caicos islands, but lower than in the Bahamas and Dominican Republic. The depths of conch is much greater than elsewhere in the Caribbean. The study did not find enough conch (86) to have sufficient information for decision making. The results at hand will be used for a more detailed seasonal study. (Photos by Richard Prysock) Items used for artificial reef. Excluding Nicole ! I h e a r t h e y a r e b u i l d i n g a n e w T i m e S h a r e f o r u s !

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Thursday the 5th of February saw the departure of another group of volunteers. The evening before leaving Statia, a party was given in their honour at the home of Nicole Esteban, Manager of St.Eustatius National Parks Foundation. Although some volunteers stay longer than the usual two months and function as Interns on various projects, all present were duly thanked for their hard work while on this island. STENAPA once again pointed out, that without the volunteers the planned tasks and projects just could not come to fruition. Over the last few months ambitious undertakings have been tackled and completed. The restoration of the Quill Trail System as well as the repair of Tompi Hill Head Trail are examples. This work was done besides the ongoing projects for the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden. The volunteers are involved with all the jobs that present themselves in the Parks, either on land or on the water. While Statia was still waving off the group, the new batch of volunteers was already preparing to get here. The first arrivals were greeted on the 17th of Feb and the rest came soon after. At present they are building retaining walls in the Gardens, but again it is hands on for them where ever the need arises. Natashia Euler, an Intern who has been here for several months is working along with them. Canada, England, Scotland and the US are short of a few very nice young people at the moment ! interesting plants to admire, they can enjoy their surroundings while sitting on benches under umbrellas woven from palm fronds. Hanging baskets are being prepared and filled with herbs, so that “smelling” them will be made easier for children and older people . Activity boards will ultimately be placed in all the arbors, describing the plants and their uses. Recipes for teas from herbs and bushes will also be on display. (Photo by Rozenn le Scao) STENAPA is pleased to announce the completion of two more Sensory Arbors. November saw the opening of the Sense of Taste Arbor and on Tuesday the 3rd of February the Sense of Smell Arbor was completed. This brings the total of arbors to three as the Sense of Touch Arbor has been established since August. Work on two more arbors is in process, eventually completing an arbor for all five senses. Natashia Euler, an Intern with STENAPA since December, has the overall responsibility for creating these very specialised sections of the Botanical Garden. The volunteers, as always have been of great value to all concerned with this project. Not only will the arbors offer the visitors A gathering of STENAPA personnel , volunteers and well wishers took place to celebrate the completion of the Sense of Smell Arbor. Volunteers at STENAPA Botanical Gardens: completion of two more arbors Page 2 STENAPA Update To spruce up the beach at Zeelandia for the festive season, nine STENAPA volunteers and interns a ttempted the daunting task of collecting ru bbish and litter deposited there. They realized, that although the beach does get cleaned so now and again, refuse strewn all along the bottom of the cliffs is an ongoing problem. They noted with concern, that a fair amount of While the volunteers and interns were toiling on Zeelandia, the Snorkel Club with their instructor Gershon Lopes and several interns cleaned up the shallow waters in the harbour area. They too came away with a sizeable harvest of tires, plastic, bottles and other rubbish. Gershon and his group found it hard to see in the murky water, as a lot of sand from recent rains had deposited there. medical refuse was found. Whether this was washed out from Smith Gut or came from the sea or somewhere else is not clear. Another cause for concern are the bits of rope, fishing net and loads of plastic. These things are all lethal traps for marine creatures. At the end of the day they had filled around twelve big refuse bags, a notable haul. Clean up of Zeelandia Beach by volunteers (Photo taken by Heidi Duncan) From left: Dawn, Helen, Lucy, Jaime, Natashia Euler, Foxi, Dave and Natasha.

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New logo for junior ranger program STENAPA has undertaken to create a Bird Trail within the Botanical Garden. It will be named the Jean Gemmill Bird Observation Trail . The creation of this trail was JeanÂ’s idea and STENAPA will endeavour to make it a worthy legacy to JeanÂ’s memory. The trail should be completed within the next few months. We will miss her. (Photo by Don Johnston) STENAPA announces with great pleasure, that a slot for a monthly Radio Program has become available on Radio Statia. Nicole Esteban, Manager of St.Eustatius National Parks, aims to share information, matters of environmental concern and general news regarding STENAPA with the people of Statia. The program will be aired for the first time this Thursday the 4th of February from 10:30 till 11:00 o clock in the morning. In future, the Radio Program will be on air every first Thursday of the month at the same time slot, 10;30 to 1100 AM The funding for this venture is undertaken by the Representatiio n of the Netherlands in St. Maarten. In November last year, STENAPA was shocked and saddened by the news that Jean Gemmill had passed away suddenly. Jean had been a long time resident of Statia and a friend to many people on this island in general and to STENAPA in particular. She was the founder of the Statia Morning Glory Horticultural Club and an untiring supporter and hands-on helper in the Botanical Garden. Her dream to see the Gardens as the Jewel of Statia is well on the way to becoming a reality. Alas she will not be with us when that day arrives. Not only did Jean nurture the plants in the shade house and elsewhere in the Gardens with love and dedication, she also took so many newcomers to Statia under her wing. There will be many young people out there, Volunteers, Interns and Students who remember her kindness, hospitality and commitment. In Memoriam Jean Gemmill One of the casualties of the heavy rains during the last months of 2003 and the early new year, was Tompi Hill Head Trail. Already in need of repair, the massive down pours that accelerated the already severe erosion problems endemic to Statia, washing it out so badly that it could not be used anymore. The trail is an old shortcut between Lower Town and Tompi Hill Head at the top of the sand cliffs. The beginning of the trail is situated between the offices of STENAPA and the Blue Bead Restaurant on Gallows Bay, from where it climbs up along the cliffs to Kerk Weg. A group of eleven stalwart volunteers tackled the job of repairing the trail and making it safe again. Although Tompi Hill Head Trail is relatively short, less than half a mile, it is extremely steep. This is the reason for the need of many steps. For a large part they were very badly damaged or gone altogether. To repair them, the volunteers had to use re-enforcing steel rods to hold the rocks in place that form the steps. Two small bridges spanning the eroded gut had to be rebuilt. The trail, as seen in the inserted photo, is edged with rocks and boulders and is reinforced with wooden palettes in several places. On January the 13th 2004 the Tompi Hill Head Trail, after 250 man hours of work, was restored and STENAPA opened it again to the public. Hikers who want to get to the Quill, as well as residents in a hurry, can once again use Tompi Hill Trail as an initial quick access route from Lower Town. Taking into account that volunteers are not only burly young men with enormous muscle power, but that a large proportion of the volunteer groups are slim and dainty girls who are hardly used to lugging large boulders around, this project was no mean feat. STENAPA thanks and salutes them. (Photo by Jerry Kennedy) Some of the volunteers who rebuilt Tompi Hill Head Trail.. From left: sitting, Jacqui Eales, Alex Cadle and Dave Gibson; standing, Natashia Euler, Anna Herman, Darcy Comeau and Rebecca Gidney. Not available for the picture were Michelle Simons, Sian Regan, Jeanne MacDougall and Connie Wenzel. Tompi Hill Head Trail Page 3 Newsletter 1/2004 Jean Gemmill Statia Morning Glory STENAPA on the Air

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tion of Stage1 on the way to becoming fully fledged Junior Rangers. Apart from learning about the Flora of Statia, the Junior Rangers have also had 6 sessions in the Quill National Park and are being taught how to construct stone walls and steps, and learning about their rare species of plants and animals there. According to Gershon, the month of March will start off with a splash for the youngsters. Weather permitting, in the early part of the month, he and some of the volunteers will introduce the Junior Rangers to STENAPAÂ’s activities on the water. They will be taught first of all, safety at sea; how the boats and their engines work; as well as maintenance of vessel and equipment. A trip to the buoys where the volunteers are tasked to clean the ropes and do maintenance work on the buoys, will be very informative and exciting for the aspiring Rangers. T-shirts were specially designed for the Junior Rangers and worn by them with The aim and purpose of the Junior Rangers club was discussed in the last edition of STENAPA UPDATE. Since the program got off the ground twelve Junior Rangers have had six sessions in the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden. Under the tutelage of Gershon Lopes and with the help of the volunteers, the young rangers glean valuable knowledge about their natural environment and how to care for it. During the time they have spent in the Gardens, the Junior Rangers have, with guidance from Natashia Euler created an impressive central point within the middle of the Sensory Garden. A Travelers Palm is planned to adorn the middle of the center piece Natashia and Gershon are helping these young rangers in planting and caring for a variety of plants, including their identification. The Booklets which are given to each Junior Ranger are designed to take them step by step towards the compleI n J a n u a r y o f t h i s y e a r , 1 9 S t a t i a y o u n g s t e r s c o m p l e t e d a s n o r k e l c o u r s e . A s s i s t a n t P a r k s m a n a g e r a n d i n s t r u c t o r G e r s h o n L o p e s w a s p l e a s e d w i t h t h e h i g h n u m b e r o f p a r t i c i p a n t s . T h i s w a s t h e l a r g e s t c l a s s e v e r s i n c e t h e i n c e p t i o n o f t h e c o u r s e a n d o n c o m p l e t i o n , t h e y o u n g s t e r s r e c e i v e d P A D I s k i n d i v i n g c e r t i f i c a t e s . C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s t o a l l f r o m S T E N A P A . A p a r t f r o m l e a r n i n g n e w s w i m m i n g s k i l l s a n d g a i n i n g c o n f i d e n c e i n t h e u s e o f s n o r k e l i n g e q u i p m e n t , a n d d i v i n g , t h e y o u n g s t e r s w e r e i n t r o d u c e d t o a w h o l e n e w w o r l d u n d e r w a t e r . I n d e e d a w o n d e r f u l e x p e r i e n c e f o r t h e m a l l . I t i s h o p e d , t h a t p e r h a p s s o m e o f t h e g r a d u a t e s o f t h e s n o r k e l i n g c o u r s e w i l l b e i n t e r e s t e d i n b e c o m i n g J u n i o r R a n g e r s i n t h e f u t u r e . Junior Ranger Program STENAPA is an environmental not-for-profit foundation on St Eustatius and was established in 1988. The objectives of STENAPA are to upkeep the natu ral environment, to preserve and protect endangered or endemi c species (flora and fauna) and to educate the community about the importance of the protection of the natural environment. Areas of responsibility include management of the marine park, the national parks and th e Miriam C Schmidt Botanical Gardens. STENAPA is legally delegated by the Island Council to manage these protected areas. President: Ronnie Courtar Vice President: Irving Brown Treasurer: Jana Mason Secretary: Jessica Berkel National and Marine Parks Office Gallows Bay St. Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles Phone: 599-318-2884 Fax: Same as phone (but phone first so we can plug in fax) Email: semp@goldenrocknet.com St Eustatius National and Marine Parks Foundation www.statiapark.org Pride. The shirts are a pleasing grey with a logo of Statia and environs, both marine and terrestrial. Matching caps should be available soon. Snorkel Club We wish to thank Heidi Duncan for her valuable time and assistance in the production of this newsletter.