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A bleached coral next to a healthy one in Hurricane Hole. (Photo by Caroline Rogers)

Climate Change Is Destroying Coral Reefs: How to Help

DPNR advises the community that recent heat and rise in ocean temperatures around the territory and region are higher than normal, thereby leading to an increase in coral bleaching.

DPNR Announces Seasonal Closure of Fishing of Certain Species

No harvest or possession of vermilion, black, silk or blackfin snapper are permitted from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 in the St. Thomas-St. John District. St. Croix is exempt.

V.I. Charter Association, DPNR, CZM Plan to Install 170 Moorings

The moorings will reduce anchoring near ecologically important coral reefs as well as organize the bays to appeal for transient vessels.
Single use plastics collected on Raadets Gade during Rock City Clean Streets cleanup. (Photo supplied by Kitty Edwards)

‘V.I. Pride – Keeping Our Island Clean’ to Clean Up Savan Neighborhood, Oct. 21-26

The Office of the Governor and the Office of the St. Thomas-Water Island Administrator have joined Sen. Dwayne DeGraff to host the first “V.I. Pride – Keeping Our Island Clean” event with a clean-up of the historic Savan neighborhood in Charlotte Amalie.
V.I. Clean Coasts is focusing on eliminating single-use plastics, including these plastic straws that ended up on Coki Beach. (Photo by Kitty Edwards)

Ban on Plastic Straws to Begin October 1

The ban prohibits the importation, sale, purchase or distribution of disposable plastic drinking straws.
Limetree Oil Refinery (File photo)

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Clean Air Act Permit for Limetree Bay Facility

After comprehensive review and evaluation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a draft for the Clean Air Act Plantwide Applicability Limit permit for Limetree Bay Terminal and Limetree Bay Refining, both located on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

CFVI Accepting Nominations for Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award

For over three decades, the Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award has been honoring individuals in the insular Caribbean who demonstrate exceptional environmental leadership.

VIMAS to Host Annual Coast Weeks Beach Cleanup

This initiative is being held in observance of the Ocean Conservancy’s 34th International Coastal Cleanup being celebrated under the theme “Turn the Tide on Trash – Every Tiny Piece Matters.”

WAPA Lifts Boil Water Advisory in Both Districts

Lab technicians have monitored the potable water system, and they have concluded that the potable water being distributed by the Authority continues to meet drinking water standards.

Rescued Green Sea Turtle Khepri Is Coming Home

A juvenile green sea turtle, named Khepri, rescued on Feb. 28 is returning to the Virgin Islands after nearly five months at the Turtle Hospital in Florida Keys.

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