Our Work in Saba

The Saba Bank Management Unit (SBMU) and Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) are two important local partners for WWF-NL. Alongside DCNA, WWF-NL gives support to these organizations to overcome the nature challenges that they are facing. For example, the tiger shark expedition organized by DCNA was funded by WWF-NL and the Nationale Postcode Loterij. The goal of this expedition was to analyze movement patterns by using satellite tags to tag them and track their location. More information on sharks is needed to better protect sharks within the Dutch Caribbean waters as well as beyond.

Tiger Shark Expedition at the Saba Bank. © Sami Kattan

We also conduct research on whales and dolphins together with scientists such as the research team of the Caribbean Cetacean Society in order to be able to protect them even better. CCS organizes the whale and dolphin expedition called Ti Whale An Nou. Ti Whale An Nou is co-funded by WWF-NL and is part of a three-year program. Over the past three years, all islands between Grenada and Anguilla, including Saba and St. Eustatius, have been monitored with a standardized protocol. As of 2023, the ABC islands are included in this regional program.

Expedition crew © Caribbean Cetacean Society

Throughout the expeditions organized by CCS, local people are trained. The participants learn how to conduct scientific research according to a standardized research protocol. This contributes to the capacity building which is needed on the islands to ensure local continuity of the efforts to protect our whales and dolphins. The participants learn how to recognize the sounds of the dolphins and whales which are recorded with an underwater microphone. They also learn how to determine which species they encounter and how to use professional cameras to take photos of the dorsal fins of dolphins and tails of whales.

Other finished projects

  • Lionfish trapping project
  • Assist with strategic planning of SCF and SBMU
  • Financing a ranger who carried out several projects for SCF
  • Financing of the first pilot of a 5-year Coral Recovery project
  • Supporting the government with the creation of a goat management plan
  • Support SCF in setting up enforcement and monitoring
  • Sustainable fisheries (supply chain analysis, social mapping, financing set-up of local fisheries coop)
Lion fish in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Saba Black Iguana, Spring Bay, Saba
Small Tidal pool, Saba
Eyelash orchid, Spring Bay, Saba