The Man of War Shoal Marine Park is a home and migratory stop over breeding site for 3 IUCN Red List Species, 10 CIRES Appendix I species and 89 Appendix II species. It is an area with a healthy population of marine mammals including migratory whales and dolphins, numerous species of shark, sea turtle and numerous fsh species.
St. Maarten Nature Foundation Mission:
To preserve and enhance the natural environment of St. Maarten through proper management, education, public awareness, law enforcement, scientifc research and monitoring relating to all aspects of the terrestrial, wetland and marine surroundings.
French Side Natural Reserve :
The following are prohibited:
Feeding of animals
Sinking of vessels or other objects.
Fishing with dragnets, fsh traps, explosive substance, gillnets, mechanical underwater hunting device, hand spear, and bait consisting of marine mammal fesh
Using or discharging biological or chemical products
Placing anchor buoys.
Discharging or dump effuents from a vessel Anchoring or use of anchors.
Moving or removing anchor buoys
The following activities are also prohibited within the
. The use of water scooters
. Fishing of any kind
. Sailing a vessel with an average draft of more than six meters
. removal of live or dead animals or plants
. Possession of live or dead fsh or other sea ani- mals or plants that are found not to originate from elsewhere
The Traffc Zone must remain open to shipping at all times