Report on observations of coral bleaching St Eustatius Marine Park, Saba Marine Park, St Maarten Marine Park
Coral bleaching has been observed in the Windward Islands since late August 2005. Reports and observations have been received from marine parks and dive operators in Saba, St Maarten, St Eustatius, St Kitts and Nevis. Marine Parks have been vigilant to reports of bleaching following the April 2005 warning of warmer sea surface temperatures in the Caribbean due to a change in the normal upwelling patterns, which was circulated by Paul Hoetjes (Department of Environment and Nature, Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the Netherlands Antilles). This report has combined observations from three marine parks (Saba, St Eustatius, St Maarten).