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The Pallas Mastiff Bat (Molossus molossus) fared better in the aftermath of the hurricanes than some species because of its insect diet. (

Go Batty With SEA at Barren Spot Bat Tower on Friday, Oct. 26

Join St. Croix Environmental Association at the Barren Bat Tower for an educational session of games and activities on St. Croix’s native bats.

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.

Coast Weeks Coastal Clean-up on St. Croix to Begin on Sept. 15

UVI’s Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) is organizing Coast Weeks under the theme, “Fighting for Trash Trees Seas.”
Hawksbill turtle surfaces. (Photo by Caroline Rogers)

WAPA Installs New Turtle Safe Lighting on St. Croix

WAPA’s contractors began the installation of LED lights on Thursday and will continue until Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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.

Plaza West Opens 3-Month Plastic Drop-off and Recycling Project

4Ocean's many volunteers, during a two-day event, collected over 30 tons of trash from public beaches, parks, downtown Christiansted and downtown Frederiksted. Now Plaza West, with help from a recycling company, has come forward and taken the next step.
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.

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