Government representative pays visit to Stenapa

From left: National Parks Ranger Rupor “Jobo” Redan, Dutch Government Representative Gilbert Isabella and Stenapa intern Tessa Ubels tagging a Lesser Antillean iguana for monitoring purposes.

ST. EUSTATIUS–Dutch Government Representative Gilbert Isabella on Wednesday paid a two-hour visit to the office of St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation Stenapa.

  Isabella met with a delegation of the board and staff and discussed developments regarding the National Marine Park, among other things. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Marine Park management by Stenapa.

  Other topics that were discussed were erosion and invasive species, such as the African land snail. After rain fall, a large quantity of these snails can be seen around Bay Brow and Concordia.

  Isabella was also introduced to the conservation work for the local iguana. Stenapa is partner in a regional European Union project with Anguilla and St. Barths.

  One of the goals is to establish reliable estimates about the number of local iguanas left on St. Eustatius. Therefore, Stenapa catches the animals to weigh and measure them and to give them a colour-coded tag. National Parks Ranger Rupnor Redan, aka “Jobo,” showed how he executes this work.

Source: The Daily Herald