Bervoets and Sea Shepherd’s crew with supplies.
POINTE BLANCHE–Nature Foundation, in collaboration with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, assisted in the delivery of humanitarian relief supplies to hurricane-stricken Dominica.
They departed St. Maarten with some two tonnes of supplies aboard the ship John Paul Dejoria with assistance of the St. Maarten Dominica Foundation, Romain Laville, the Justice Ministry, Port St. Maarten, Fire and Customs Departments.
The Foundation was contacted by Sea Shepherd about delivery of Hurricane Irma relief supplies, specifically veterinary and animal supplies, to St. Maarten and would head next to Dominica.
En-route to Dominica, the ship made supply stops in St. Barths and Guadeloupe where representatives of the Regional Activities Centre of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife section of the United Nations (UN) Caribbean Environment Programme also loaded relief supplies on the vessel donated by their staff.
Supplies were delivered to schools, hospitals, village councils and the Cabrits Marine Management area in Dominica.
“After Hurricane Irma struck St. Maarten, Dominica came to our aid, so when we had the opportunity to do the same after Maria we jumped at the opportunity,” commented Tadzio Bervoets, Foundation Managing Director.
“We have always worked closely with the Conservation Community in the region, including in Dominica, and we were able to provide relief for Tan Tan village, home of the Cabrits Marine Park. We also distributed supplies to the Point Michel Village Council and various other groups organised by the St. Maarten Dominica Association,” said Bervoets.
“As Caribbean nationals, we are facing the effects of a changing climate and only through mutual cooperation on a national, regional and international scale will we be able to mitigate the effects Climate Change will have on the Caribbean,” he said.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a direct action marine conservation non-governmental organisation (NGO) made famous by the documentary Whale Wars. After the destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, John Paul Dejoria was diverted from its activities in Central America to provide assistance and relief to the disaster-stricken Caribbean region.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/70001-nature-foundation-shepherd-deliver-supplies-to-dominica