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Farmers Can Apply for Conservation Stewardship Program Aid by July 16

Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands farmers should apply by July 16 for 2021 Conservation Stewardship Program funding if he/she wants to earn payments to expand conservation activities on a farm or is an organic farmer who is transitioning to organic farming.

Beach Advisory for June 4-11

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of June 7 – June 11, 2021. All beaches sampled meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.
Photo caption 1: Tuna are sold from the back of a commercial fishers truck on St. Thomas.

DPNR to Host Commercial Fishers Pre-Registration Meetings

Representatives from the Divisions of Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Enforcement and other agencies will be on hand to guide commercial fishers through the paperwork.

NPS Caneel Bay Environmental Investigation Seeks Public Input

The National Park Service will release the Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis draft report on environmental conditions at Caneel Bay Resort June 10. It will begin a 30-day comment period to receive public input

CORE STX Coral Strike Team Fights Dangerous Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

Divers gathered in the morning on June 5, prepared the specialized antibiotic treatment, and spent the day working together to reach their goal of treating as many corals as they could.
White patches on a brain coral at Black Point illustrate the rapid spread of the destructive SCTLD attacking reefs in V.I. waters. (Photo by Sonora Meiling)

Team to Survey Entire STX Reef System to Treat Diseased Coral Colonies

The Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation STX Coral Strike Team will be performing Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease intervention treatment at Cane Bay from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 5.

DPNR Closes Fishing of Queen Conch From June 1 Until October 31

Seasonal harvest closures conserve fished populations and help sustain and improve the fisheries of the Virgin Islands.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Being Used to Map Coral Reefs Around Buck Island

Data will be collected using small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as drones. The collected data will contribute to several research projects.

Leatherback Brewing Promotes Hatchling Release Series, Sea Turtle Conservation

Managing partners Aaron Hutchins and Packy Gilbert are excited to collaborate directly with numerous sea turtle conservation initiatives based in the USVI.

Energy Office Ends Rebate Program

Effective immediately, it will not be accepting any new applications received in the Virgin Island Energy Office after 5 p.m., May 14.

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