Emergency Debris Management Project ‘Marion’ will be sunk in Sint Maarten’s territory to create artificial reef
As the capstone of the shipwreck salvaging activity of the Emergency Debris Management Project (EDMP), tugboat ‘Marion’ will be sunk in Sint Maarten’s territorial waters to create an artificial reef and dive site. Several stakeholder consultations were organized to determine a fitting location for the ‘Marion’.
Based on feedback from stakeholders, as well as criteria set forth by NRPB in coordination with Nature Foundation and pertinent local authorities, Tiegland – located in the Man of War Shoal Marine Park – was selected as the preferred location.
As artificial reefs are nurseries to many fish species, over time this will bolster local fishing stocks by providing a safe and undisturbed space for fish to reproduce and grow to adulthood. While fishing is not permitted in the marine park because of its protected status, the Marion will benefit the local fishing industry in the long-term. Additionally, the Marion will serve to be an active dive site for divers across all skill levels, benefiting St. Maarten’s dive tourism industry.
For more information about the Marion, please visit http://www.nrpbsxm.org/shipwrecks.
Additional questions or inquiries? You can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDMP is a project of the Sint Maarten Trust Fund, which is financed by the Government of the Netherlands, managed by the World Bank, and implemented by the NRPB on behalf of the Government of Sint Maarten.