Tadzio Bervoets

foto_tadzioTadzio Bervoets was born on St. Maarten and from an early age had an affinity for nature, particularly the sea. When Tadzio turned 15, he began working for a local dive shop and, in return, received dive lessons and a PADI license.

Tadzio then earned bachelor degrees in International Relations and Geo Management from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami. Tadzio also received a masters degree from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in environmental resource management with a specialty in coral reef ecosystems. In between degrees, he worked as a dive master, did volunteer work for the St. Maarten Nature Foundation and helped start a nonprofit foundation called Ocean Care.

Tadzio began his professional career in Tanzania developing incentives for local fishermen to become marine park rangers and conducting sea urchin management. He returned to the Caribbean to serve one year as a marine park manager in St. Eustatius. Soon after, he began his present position as the marine park manager for the St. Maarten Nature Foundation. “I have two goals. First, I want to make the park economically sustainable so that we can cover basic budget costs and salaries. Secondly, I am pushing for approval for a marine park ordinance so that we have the legislation needed to protect our marine resources.” This second goal has since been achieved in 2010 with the declaration of the Man of War Shoal Marine Park.

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