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Beach Advisory for Oct. 8-12

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Oct. 8-12, 2018. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

Duncan Coles Is Member of Colby College Project Receiving NOAA’s Bluefin Tuna Research Grant

Duncan Coles of Frederiksted, St. Croix, is part of a team led by Loren McClenachan at Colby College, an assistant professor of environmental studies and her colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Maine.

NOAA Announces Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing/ Possession of Certain Fish Beginning Oct. 1

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries reminds fishermen and the public of the annually recurring seasonal prohibition on fishing for/ or possession of blackfin, vermilion, black or silk snapper in U.S. Caribbean federal waters.

EPA Awards UVI a Grant to Support Careers in Marine, Environmental Sciences

EPA anticipates that it will award UVI an Environmental Education grant in the amount of $100,000 once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied.

Department of Interior Funds to Aid U.S.V.I. in Combating Invasive Species

U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) -- $43,557 to develop a website and outreach plan to create awareness about invasive species and their impacts in the territory.
Coral reef on the west end of St. Croix

Interior Provides $1.3 Million in Funding to Protect Coral Reefs in Insular Areas

Insular and International Affairs has approved $1,345,256 in fiscal year 2018 grant funding under the Coral Reef and Natural Resources initiative to the U.S. territories and the freely associated states.

VI Student Tyrone Lake Wins FCCA Poster Competition

The 11-year-old Alexander Henderson Elementary School honor roll student topped the regional competition with a poster entitled “Present and Future,” which focused on disaster preparation and environmental preservation.

Decision Made to Cut Down Several Mahogany Trees From Grounds of Legislature

The trees in question are about 100 years old and stood witness to the 1917 Transfer Ceremony, framed Charlotte Amalie High School graduations that once used the site as a campus, and other government operations.

V.I. Conservation Society, DPNR Launch VI Clean Coasts Campaign Against Plastic

Ocean plastic is a growing disaster and tackling it has unprecedented support from consumers of all walks of life who are calling for business and government to take steps to significantly reduce plastic pollution and turn off the tap of plastic pollution.

EPA Plans to Award $272,000 to U.S.V.I. for Beach Water Quality Monitoring

DPNR is expected to receive $272,000 for the 2019 swimming season to implement the beach monitoring and notification program at 43 beaches throughout the territory: 20 beaches on St. Croix, 8 beaches on St. John, and 15 beaches on St. Thomas.

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