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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: .. Tweet.. Home.. About Us.. Activities.. Marine Park.. Marine Life.. Zoning System.. Yachting.. Diving.. Saba Bank.. Hiking Trails.. Flora Fauna.. Trail Shop.. Trail Map.. Guidelines.. News.. Downloads Links.. Support.. Donor Recognition Plan.. Donate Online.. Contact.. About the Saba Conservation Foundation.. The Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) is a non governmental organization established in 1987 with a mission to preserve and  ...   Harbour) and at the trail shop in Windwardside, we are here to provide you with the neccessary information to make your visit a truely fulfilling and unforgetable experience.. Committed to the belief that a stronger island economy will result from the sustainable use of Saba's rich and virtually unspoiled resources, the organization meets the main expense of nature management..

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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: About the Saba Conservation Foundation.. The Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) is a non-profit nature management organization based in Saba, Dutch Caribbean.. Our mission is to commit to the preservation and enhancement of the marine and terrestrial environment on Saba through education, scientific research, monitoring, and enforcement.. The SCF has been operational as an organization since 1987.. Over time, the organization has expanded the scope of its responsibilities and has grown as an organization.. The SCF has a ten-member board, consisting of members of the local community, and seven full time employees.. It is structured to manage a number of functions, including the management of Saba National Marine Park, the Saba Trail network, the Saba Trail and Information Centre.. History of Nature Conservation on Saba.. Institutionalized forms of nature conservation in Saba date back to 1987, when the first protected area, the Saba Marine Park, was established and when the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) was incorporated.. In developing policy and legislation for nature conservation and management, the Island Government works closely with the Saba Conservation Foundation, a private non-profit foundation.. Furthermore, the SCF fulfills  ...   Saba National Land Park , a 43 ha pie-shaped tract of land on the north coast of Saba, formerly owned by the Sulfur Mining Company, was officially turned over to the Saba Conservation Foundation.. The establishment of the Land Park began in January 1998 with grants from the Foundation DOEN and WWF-Netherlands.. A management plan was prepared with support from the Dutch Government.. Legislation to formally designate the area as a national Land Park will be submitted to the Island Government as soon as the Island Ordinance Nature Conservation has been prepared.. At present the only conservation legislation in place on Saba is the Marine Environment Ordinance (1987), which designated the Saba Marine Park, its zoning and regulations.. However, once the Federal Ordinance Nature Conservation comes into force, the Island Government should be able to respond fairly quickly with its corresponding Island Ordinance Nature Conservation.. The template for such an Island Ordinance is available, there is a clear idea about species that need to be protected through this ordinance, and there is reasonable agreement about the areas to be designated as protected areas..

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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: Education.. We aim to educate and raise awareness about the importance of nature conservation through Snorkel Clubs, Junior Ranger Clubs, information brochures for divers and hikers, and a signboard for yachts.. Provisional facilities for users.. Mooring and buoy maintenance:.. Installation, security checks and maintenance (including cleaning) of moorings for yachts and dive boats, to prevent anchoring on the delicate sea bottom substrate.. Trail maintenance:.. Activities include development and maintenance of a network of hiking trails on Mount Scenery and around Saba.. Supervision of young persons assigned to engage in community work on projects, benifiting people and nature.. General visitor information.. Our staff can inform you about activities that can be arranged for  ...   out more information in advance, email us at.. info@sabapark.. org.. Research and monitoring.. The Saba Conservation Foundation carries out in-house research and monitoring projects (by staff, interns and volunteers), and also invites visiting scientists to assist with more extensive research projects, or to visit Saba to fulfill individual research programs.. We are currently building a geo-database of all project reports or published publications following research from Saba in recent years.. Data is collected for our monitoring program that supports nature management efforts on Saba both on land as underwater.. This data is mainly used for long term management purposes, and can influence educational and awareness programs, policy and legislative amendments, permit requirements etc..

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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: Saba Marine Park.. The Saba National Marine Park was established in 1987 with the objective to preserve and manage Saba's marine resources.. The Saba Marine Park was not developed to repair a damaged environment but rather to ensure the continued quality of an extraordinary resource for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone.. The Saba Marine Park circles the entire island from the high-water mark to a depth of 60 m (200 feet), including  ...   the park for various recreational and commercial uses.. A system of permanent mooring buoys facilitates diving and prevents damage to corals.. One of the few self-sustaining marine parks anywhere in the world, the Saba Marine Park raises revenue through visitor fees, souvenir sales, and donations.. The Saba Marine Park is administered by the Saba Conservation Foundation.. Access to the park is free for all residents of Saba.. Visitors pay US$ 3 per dive..

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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: Life in the Saba Marine Park.. Fish.. Saba is blessed with an abundance of fish in the Marine Park.. This is the result of restrictions on fishing, anchoring and extensive diver education as to the rules and regulations.. One dramatic indication of this is the large number of Nassau Grouper (Graysbys, Hinds, Coneys) that can be seen on every dive.. Ecological surveys have recorded over 150 species, all with healthy populations.. Some of the most common pelagic fish include Horse-eye Jacks, Great Barracuda, Wahoo, Tarpon and 5 species of shark.. Schooling fish include Wrasses, Blue Tangs, Chromis and Surgeonfish.. On almost every dive, Parrotfish, Triggerfish, Angelfish, Snapper and Grunts can be seen in abundance.. In sandy areas, Lizardfish, Sand Divers, Flying Gurnards and Garden Eels predominate.. Corals and Sponges.. True reefs are only found at a few locations within the Marine Park.. The vast majority of coral structures can be categorized as coral encrusted boulders.. These boulders are volcanic in origin and generally originate from the hillsides along the coast.. Both hard and soft corals and sponges cover the boulders to such a degree that the rock is often not visible.. The Pinnacles  ...   dwelling place for thousands of marine organisms and a naturalist's paradise.. In recent years, coral reefs have suffered a dramatic decline around the world.. About 20% may already have been degraded beyond recovery.. Unless an effective management system is implemented, it has been predicted that more than two-thirds of the world's coral reefs may collapse ecologically within this century.. Increased awareness of the importance of conservation activities will become an urgent priority to ensure the safety of such an extraordinary marine resource.. Turtles.. Due to protection of their food sources within the Marine Park, both Green and Hawksbill Turtles thrive around Saba.. Provided that divers approach slowly, the turtles will continue to feed while having their picture taken.. With restrictions on fishing, Conch, Lobster and a variety of Crabs can be observed on every dive.. Rare Encounters.. In addition to the creatures described above, you may be fortunate enough to spend time with some regular visitors to Saba.. These include Hammerhead and Whale Sharks, Manta and Spotted Eagle Rays, Longsnout Seahorses and Frog Fish.. During winter months, you can sometimes hear whales singing to each other or you may even see them breaching..

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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: A zoning system is applied to get the best possible compromise between different uses of the marine environment.. View.. Saba Marine Park Zones.. in a larger map.. The maps show the Multi purpose and No-take zones on the left and the Recreational zones and Mooring zones on below..

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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: Saba s mooring system.. A permanent mooring buoy system has been placed within the Saba National Marine Park for specific users.. The moorings are the most tangible of the park facilities because they are visible even to the non-divers.. In the case of SNMP, where the provision of moorings is combined with strict anchoring rules, they virtually eliminate all anchor damage.. Moorings are also a much-appreciated service, because it is much easier to tie up to a mooring buoy than to anchor.. All SNMP moorings are 45cm (18in) float balls with a blue reflective band, and are color-coded to indicate the varied user groups.. White and red moorings are for licensed diving vessels only.. Yellow moorings are specifically for use by visiting yachts up to 18m (59ft).. They cannot be reserved and are on a first-come, first-served basis.. Vessels are allowed to occupy these moorings for up to seven (7) days.. You may find other moorings in the Fort Bay area that are not the property of the Saba National Marine Park.. These are for private use only.. Anchorage zones.. There are two designated anchorage zones within the Saba National Marine Park: one between Ladder Bay and Wells Bay (west side) and one in front of the Fort Bay Harbor (east side).. Upon arrival, you must proceed to the Harbor Office in Fort Bay and clear Customs and Immigrations without delay (please refer to Check-In Procedures â hyperlink).. Limited docking space is available in the Fort Bay Harbor so it is necessary for boats to anchor outside the harbor  ...   as soon as possible, clear Customs and Immigration, then check in/out with the harbormaster to fulfill the required formalities.. If Customs and Immigration are not available, proceed directly to the Harbor Office.. The opening hours of the harbor office are from 6 AM to 6 PM.. For your convenience and to speed up the procedures, the.. Customs and Immigration form.. can be downloaded in PDF format.. here.. Every yacht is ALSO REQUIRED to check in with the Marine Park at the office also located in Fort Bay.. Download the.. yacht registration form.. (editable PDF format), or visit our.. downloads.. section.. Cost of mooring.. The Saba National Marine Park is a self-financing organization so a nominal fee is charged to cover the cost of maintenance and management of marine resources.. These fees must be paid at the Marine Park visitor center at the Fort Bay.. The current fee for visiting yachts is US$ 3 per person onboard per week for the mooring maintenance and US$ 1 per person, per night, for nature management.. The harbor fee depends on the tonnage of the vessel (prices subject to change):.. Tonnage.. Fee.. 0 - 40.. US$ 20.. 40 - 60.. US$ 40.. 60 - 80.. US$ 60.. 80 - 100.. US$ 80.. 100.. US$ 100.. Coming ashore.. We strongly advise that you enter the island of Saba only through Fort Bay Harbor as the other areas (Well's Bay, Ladder Bay and Cove Bay) can be treacherous in certain sea conditions that may be deceiving from aboard your vessel.. Mooring Map.. Saba Yacht Moorings..

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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: Diving in the Marine Park.. Saba s dive tourism, which started in the early 1980s, introduced scuba enthusiasts to the wealth of Saba s underwater world.. The establishment of the Marine Park in 1987 assured the continuing health of the undersea environment and thus the sustainability of dive tourism.. Today eco-tourism is a major contributor to the island s economy.. The reefs are populated with schools of tropical fish and healthy coral.. Sheer close-to-shore walls are covered with sponges of all sizes and the heavily encrusted deep-water seamounts attract pelagic creatures that are not normally seen by divers.. Unusual and exciting sightings are always possible in Saba s waters including frequent shark encounters.. Saba offers year-round diving with seasonal differences in water temperature and surface conditions.. The water temperature varies between 26C and 28C (77F-84F).. Visibility ranges from a minimum of 20m (60ft) to virtually unlimited.. Swells and heavy rainfall may influence visibility, but typically it clears again very quickly.. Due to the steep coastal zone, shore diving is virtually impossible.. Therefore, all diving is done safely from a boat with one of Saba s licensed dive centres.. You can dive in the Saba National Marine Park only under the guidance of one of the local dive shops.. For more information please visit their website: Sea Saba, Saba Deep, Saba Divers.. Although we have 36 dive moorings in place we recognize 25 unique dive sites.. Every dive you contribute US$ 3 to the marine park.. These fees contribute to the maintenance of all the parks facilities and its equipment.. This bathymetry of Saba shows the steepness of the sea floor in 10 meter intervalls.. Divesites around Saba.. Map displaying Saba's Dive Sites.. View.. There are different types of dive sites around Saba, each with their own unique character.. The Pinnacles (5 dive sites).. The fascinating Pinnacles that rise from the ocean floor up to depths of 30m (100ft) were formed by past volcanic activity and are nourished by deep ocean currents.. The Pinnacles are covered with corals, sponges and other invertebrates.. Abundant fish life including large groupers, jacks and turtles are attracted to this area and provide a spectacular diving experience.. Shark encounters also occur frequently around these waters.. Black-tip reef sharks, Grey reef sharks and Nurse sharks are the most common species sighted.. The most unique  ...   fish life.. The Ladder Bay Area (5 dive sites).. The original steps that Sabans used to access the island is known as The Ladder.. Prior to the building of the Fort Bay harbour, goods were brought by boat to the rocky shore of the leeward coast.. Sabans carried the cargo by foot up the nearly vertical stairway to the village.. Diving in this area unveils Saba's volcanic origins.. A natural labyrinth of groove formations and protrusions developed as a result of lava flow.. If you bury your hand in the sand where it is yellow/brown colour, the temperature differences of the sea floor become quite evident.. Large boulders and grey sand dominate the area and the most common species of coral are Star coral, Brain coral and Gorgonian.. Curious Barracudas may approach divers very closely.. Tent Reef Area (4 dive sites).. Just west of the Fort Bay harbour is another unusual geological structure known as Tent Reef.. It is an extended rock ledge that starts at only 4 m (13ft) deep but becomes progressively deeper as you head northwest.. The ledge is deeply undercut at some points, providing shelter to large snappers.. It turns into a sheer wall that gradually becomes fragmented and appears as a series of steep coral outcroppings separated by deep sand channels.. Tubular sponges, Elephant ear sponge and Black coral dominate the steep wall.. Tent Reef is also a favourite site for night dives with frequent octopus, sleeping turtles and Spiny lobster sightings.. East side diving (8 dive sites).. Diving on this side of the island depends on suitable weather.. However, visibility tends to be exceptional when the weather is calm.. Most of Saba's diving offers views of coral encrusted boulders of volcanic origin, but only Greer Gut and Giles Quarter are true coral reefs (i.. e.. made out of limestone).. Diverse species of reef fish and other marine life along with the white sand covering the sea floor provide a very different diving experience compared to Saba's other sites.. Exposure to the Atlantic side yields the development of hard coral structures more often than soft coral.. Close to shore, well-developed Elkhorn coral formations occur although the risk exists of periodic destruction by wave action and storms.. The coral branches are fragile, but they tend to recover quickly due to high growth rates..

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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: Saba.. Bank.. Saba Bank in the Caribbean Netherlands is the largest submarine atoll in the Atlantic Ocean and has some of the richest diversity of marine life in the Caribbean Sea.. Its northeastern side lies about 4.. 3 km southwest of the island of Saba.. It is raised about 1000 m above the general depths of the surrounding sea floor.. With a length of 60 to 65 km and a width of 30 to 40 km, the atoll's total surface area is approximately 2200 km , as measured from 11-200 meter depth, 1600 km of which is shallower than 50 m.. From northeast the bank extends about 55 km southwest, with a least reported depth of 7.. 3 m located about 15 km southwest of Mount Scenery.. A depth of 8.. 2 m lies about 16 km south of the island.. The eastern side of the bank is fringed with a ridge of living coral, sand and rock, nearly 48 km in length.. The depths over the ridge range from 11 to 35 m.. Westward of this ridge, except for a few 16.. 5 m and 18.. 3 m coral patches near the south side of the bank, and a 16.. 4 m patch near the west end of the bank, the bottom is clear white coral sand with depths of from 21.. 9  ...   neighbouring St.. Eustatius is a busy oil transshipment facility with an estimated 100 visiting tankers per month, making it the busiest tanker port in the region.. Many of these ships pass over the Saba Bank where they form a hazard to the small fishing boats as well as to the fish traps which are often destroyed or lost by the passing of a big ship.. The tankers also frequently anchor on the shallow bank while waiting to unload at the terminal, this is of course highly destructive for the coral reef on the bank, as well as for other bottom types such as conch feeding grounds.. In addition there are reports of tank rinsings, oil spills and the emptying of sewage tanks.. The presence of the Coast Guard has probably caused these practices to diminish, but the bank should be declared an off limits to large ships and especially to anchoring.. At present legislation to this end is lacking but is being worked on.. Dive tourism.. At present there is no appreciable recreational diving being done on the bank.. Reportedly there is one live-aboard dive boat that visits the bank now and then.. In the future however, as information on the bank's spectacular reefs becomes more widely available, dive tourism on the bank will become a highly valuable resource, especially as reefs elsewhere deteriorate increasingly..

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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: On an island of only 13 square kilometers, the range of hiking opportunities is exceptional.. In a single day you can hike from a near-desert ecosystem to a tropical rain forest; from an ocean beach to the top of a volcanic peak; from a beautiful village to the remote backcountry.. Land Management.. A draft nature policy plan was prepared with the assistance of LNV (Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Nature Conservation) during the period June, 1997 to March, 1998.. The draft plan was circulated for review among the sectors within Government and the community which provided input into the plan, and presented to the Executive Council in May, 1998.. Once approved by the Executive Council, the plan will be presented to the public in one or more public hearings prior to being sent to the Island Council.. The Saba National Land Park.. As indicated, no legally protected terrestrial areas exist on Saba at present.. However, work is progressing well in designating two areas as protected areas in the near future.. These are:.. The Saba National Land Park.. This is a 43 ha  ...   Mrs.. Muriel Thissel Murphy, has donated the property to Friends of Saba Conservation Foundation, Inc.. , a US-based non profit corporation that supports conservation projects on Saba.. In 1999, the property was officially turned over to the Saba Conservation Foundation.. The Elfin Forest Reserve.. This an 8.. 6 ha plot of montane cloud forest, also known as elfin forest, on the top of Mt.. Scenery.. It consists of two areas of primary forest and represents climax vegetation.. The area is supposed to be public land and the Island Government intends to claim title to the land by prescriptive rights.. However, this procedure has been delayed because of protest by certain private landowners.. As soon as these problems have been resolved the prescriptive rights procedure can take place and the Island Government can obtain official title to the land.. Legislation to formally designate the area as a strict nature reserve can then be submitted to the Island Government as soon as the Island Ordinance Nature Conservation has been prepared.. The Island Government has agreed to delegate management of the reserve to the Saba Conservation Foundation..

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  • Title: Saba Conservation Foundation - Preserving Saba's natural and cultural heritage
    Descriptive info: Saba's plant life is a mixture of species brought in by the early colonists and native species.. The wide variety of flowering plants range from prolific Oleander and Hibiscus found in gardens to wild flowers and orchids in the rain forest.. The Wild begonia and Wild raspberry are also common along the rain forest trails.. Three distinctive vegetation zones are recognized; around the Mt Scenery, High hilltops to the lower slopes, and Meadows and cliffs.. Around the Mount Scenery.. Dense vegetation with a variety of species covers the top of Mt.. Scenery and upper section of the slope.. The Elfin Forest covers about 8 ha (20 acres) with the dominant tree being the Mountain Mahogany.. Epiphytes grow on trunks, branches and leaves of other plants.. Orchids are among the most common epiphytes present.. They have special structures that allow them to absorb water quickly when available.. Other epiphytes include Liverworts, Bromeliads, Mosses and Ferns.. In addition, Mountain cabbage or palm and several species of shrubs including Wild plantain, Tree ferns and Mountain manna are very common.. At present the low cover and height of the trees a result of severe disturbances by hurricanes.. High hilltops to the lower slopes.. Just below the top, but still high on the mountain, are Mountain palms and different species of Tree ferns.. Elephant ears and Wild plantain trees are abundant.. Lower down on the slopes, the fairly tall vegetation usually shows no distinction between the tree and shrub layers.. The average cover and number of species are considerably less than that of the vegetation higher on Mt.. Redwood and Mountain fuchsia are  ...   of Saba.. Saba is home to about sixty species of birds, many of which are sea birds.. Bridled terns, Sooty terns, and Brown noddies breed every year in late spring on Green Island, a small cay just off the north coast.. Red-billed and White-tailed Tropic birds nest in the holes and crevices of the high cliffs while Frigate birds and Brown boobies soar near the coast.. The rich waters surrounding Saba are feeding grounds for a wide variety of other seabirds, including Storm-petrels, Pelicans, and Gulls.. Many migrating birds visit the coastline to rest and feed before continuing their long over water journeys.. Reptiles and amphibians.. The island's small lizards seen along footpaths from sea level up to the top of Mt.. Scenery are a species of Anoles lizard found only on Saba.. The color differences between males and females are unique.. The male has black leopard spots and displays an orange-yellow dewlap during courtship, while the females are smaller and usually a drab olive color.. The non-poisonous and harmless Racer snake is a common encounter along the trails and roadsides.. Although it typically disappears quickly into a nearby bush, it will sometimes remain undisturbed waiting to stalk prey and you can approach it quite closely.. The species is only found on Saba and St.. Eustatius.. Two species of large Iguana lizards are also sometimes seen along the roads and most often on a hike to Old Booby Hill.. The Coquee is a tiny tree frog that is more often heard than seen.. After sunset, the sounds of the tree frogs blend harmoniously with the distinctive noises of crickets..

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