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VIPA to Remove Sargassum Seaweed Build Up at Seaports

The seaweed is being removed to help alleviate the foul aroma that is emitted due to the high sulfur content of the weeds
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senate Panel Votes to Ban Sunscreens with Toxic Chemicals

A Senate committee voted Monday to forward a bill banning two chemicals found in many sunscreens after a panel of witnesses, including chemists and divers, testified that the compounds contribute to the deterioration of coral reefs and have been linked to harmful side effects in humans.
Plastic bottles, crushed and ready to recycle. (File photo)

DPNR/ MBW to Launch ‘Refill Bottles, Not Dumpsters’ Program in Schools

The goals of the project are also to bring potable water to public schools and to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution in our territory.

NRCS to Host Emergency Watershed Protection Workshop

Edwin Almodóvar, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - (NRCS) Caribbean Area director, invites Virgin Islands government agencies and NGOs to participate in an Emergency Watershed Protection Workshop with NRCS engineers, contracting officers and program specialists. Disaster preparation is the key to resiliency.
A carelessly discarded chip bag floats in the territory's otherwise beautiful blue waters. (Alain M Brin, Blue Glass Photography)

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Earth Day

I am old enough to remember the first, wildly hopeful Earth Day, April 22, 1970. I was 20 years old. I also remember the release of Rachel Carson’s seachanging book “Silent Spring” – which inspired not only the first Earth Day but also the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Report Set for Release on Regional Synergetic Action on Use of Coral Reefs, Mangroves,...

The development of the report on the State of Marine Habitats in the Wider Caribbean (SoMH) and the Regional Strategy and Action Plan for the Valuation, Protection and/or Restoration of Key Marine Habitats in the Wider Caribbean 2021-2030 (RSAP) will result in new tools for the sustainable management of coastal resources regionally.

NOAA Advises Public of Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing Mutton, Lane Snapper

This closure begins at 12:01 a.m., local time, on April 1, 2019, and extends through 11:59 p.m., local time, June 30, 2019.

Beach Advisory for March 25-29

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 32 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of March 25-29, 2019. All sampled beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing.

Coral World Ocean Park, American Airlines Rescue Injured Sea Turtle

On Feb. 28, Coral World Ocean Park received a call that a sea turtle had stranded at the bottom of the Bolongo Bay cliffs. When the rescuers clambered down the cliff, they found a sub-adult, green sea turtle lying on its back.

DPNR Warns of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, Asks Public’s Help

The Division of Coastal Zone Management is alerting the Virgin Islands community of the emergence of the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD), which has recently been found on St. Thomas.

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