Thursday, May 25, 2017 2:57 am Last modified: 12:38 am

Environment

Beach Advisory for May 15-19

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 35 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of May 15-19. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:
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UVI and VI Sea Turtle Project Document Their 100th Turtle

The University of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine and Environmental Science and the VI Sea Turtle Project documented their 100th sea turtle in April.
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ALERT: DPNR, EPA Working to Resolve Sargassum Seaweed Stench

DPNR and EPA are working together to minimize the effects of the decomposing sargassum seaweed that has been impacting the Red Hook area on St. Thomas.
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UVI Center for Marine and Environmental Science Assumes Responsibility for Coral Nurseries

The Center for Marine and Environmental Science (CMES) at UVI has assumed responsibility for the two branching coral nurseries on St. Thomas.
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Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund Is Accepting Applications for 2017 Funding

Grants will be awarded based on the potential of the proposed project to promote an integrated approach to addressing shared environmental concerns across island boundaries as well as to projects that contribute to trans-boundary solutions for environmental problems.
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Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing, Possession of Mutton, Lane Snapper to Start April 1

NOAA Fisheries reminds fishermen and the public of the upcoming seasonal closure on fishing for or possession of mutton and lane snappers in U.S. Caribbean federal waters.
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Seasonal Closure of Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Area in U.S. Caribbean Waters to Begin

NOAA Fisheries reminds fishermen and the public of the upcoming seasonal closure on fishing for any fish species in federal waters of the mutton snapper spawning aggregation area in St. Croix.
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Trash to Art Is Unique Competition by H.S. Students

The Coral Bay Community Council, Eudora Kean High School and Gifft Hill School came together to organize a unique art competition.
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Territory’s Coral Reefs Threatened by Third Year of Bleaching

On Monday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that a third consecutive year of higher-than-normal sea temperatures could lead to an increase in coral bleaching around the world and in the Virgin Islands.
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Skinks Under Review for Endangered Species List

Four species of V.I. skinks are on the list for more intensive review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine if they’ll make the endangered or threatened species list.
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