Shark Ambassador Jörgen Raymann closes Nature Foundation Shark Week 2016

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PHILIPSBURG – Famous Dutch Comedian and Oceans Activist Jörgen Raymann recently closed off the Nature Foundation Shark Week, a week’s worth of activities centered on the conservation of sharks and the education on why they are important to the economy and ecosystem of St. Maarten.

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Shark Week was part of the DCNA “Save our Shark” project funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. The final activity was a so-called Shark Party at Buccaneer Beach Bar, featuring children’s activities and quizzes centered on the conservation of sharks, some of the ocean’s more endangered animals.

Raymann joined the party and spoke about the importance of sharks to the island and to a healthy ecosystem, and that St. Maarten should be proud to have a shark sanctuary. Shark experts Jillian Morris and Duncan Brake from Sharks4kids also participated in Shark Week, and gave a presentation about shark research and science last Wednesday, June 29.

The Nature Foundation thanked the community for their support, help and attendance regarding the conservation of sharks, and their associated ecosystems and is looking forward to the next St. Maarten Shark Week in 2017.

For more pictures on the event look at the St. Maarten Nature Foundation Facebook page.

Caption: From left to right: Nature Foundation Intern Sanne Collee, St. Maarten Nature Foundation Ranger Trainee Xavier Illidge, Nature Foundation Manager Tadzio Bervoets, DCNA Executive Committee Member Ron van der Veer, Dutch Comedian Jörgen Raymann, Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance Shark Project Office Twan Stoffers, Nature Foundation Projects Officer Melanie Meijer Zu-Slochtern (photo by Duncan Brake)