Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources reports the successful completion of the Street to Reef World Oceans Day Cleanup that took place Friday, June 11, in Frederiksted, St. Croix.
The cleanup was planned by the Divisions of Coastal Zone Management and Environmental Enforcement with a goal of removing debris from the street, beach and marine habitats of Frederiksted in celebration of World Oceans Day.
The event was attended by a total of 37 volunteers, including representatives from the Divisions of Environmental Enforcement, Coastal Zone Management, Fish and Wildlife, and the DPNR Commissioner’s Office. Teams included seven certified SCUBA divers accompanied by seven snorkelers underwater, and 21 community volunteers leading the efforts on land.
A 20-ft. garbage bin from V.I. Waste Management Authority was filled with debris. The most common items collected on land and underwater were directly related to food and beverage consumption, with aluminum cans standing out with 135 collected underwater and 65 on land. Single-use plastics dominated above and below land, which included 132 plastic bottle caps, 67 plastic utensils, 89 yards of fishing line and 230 broken up plastic pieces accounting for nearly half of the debris collected.
The department extends a special thanks to the V.I. Waste Management Authority, Adventures in Diving, volunteers and the Frederiksted community for making this cleanup a resounding success.
If anyone would like to partner with DPNR on a future cleanup, please contact Kitty Edwards at Kristina.firstname.lastname@example.org.