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Beach Advisory for August 13-17

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 31 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Aug. 13-17, 2018. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

Researchers Survey and Tag Queen Conch at Buck Island Reef National Monument

The National Park Service in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service Galveston Lab is conducting research within the Buck Island Reef National Monument (BIRNM) from Aug. 10-16.

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.

UVI, NPS Partner to Conduct Seagrass Surveys at Buck Island Reef

The National Park Service (NPS) began a partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands to conduct seagrass surveys at Buck Island Reef National Monument (NM) on Thursday, Aug. 2.

The 2018 Buck Island Sea Turtle Nesting Season Has Started

The National Park Service celebrates its 31st year of research on the sea turtles nesting at Buck Island Reef National Monument. NPS, along with its many partner agencies, informs the public about sea turtles and the special consideration the community needs to give them while they are here to nest on V.I. beaches

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.

Seasonal Prohibition Begins June 1 on Fishing for Queen Conch Off St. Croix

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries reminds the public of the upcoming seasonal prohibition on fishing for or possession on board a fishing vessel of queen conch.
Coral reef on the west end of St. Croix

Interior Continues to Fund Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program

This highly selective graduate-level program has already placed fellows in American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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