I Environment The o* NDw*i Friay, Sepemberm 24.
It's time for all of us to stop
polluting our islands' oceans
For years, many of us have take4
for wanted the vasi open ea that
surrounds these islands. Coasral
waters and oceans contribute signif-
icantly to the economy of the Vir-
gin Island and the quality of Uf
The open ocean is relatively
healthy primarily because of the
enonnous volume and capacity for
dilution. In the past few years. how.
ver, our coastal shores and ocans
are becoming more polluted
because of human impacts.
These impacts include the dis-
posal of waste, consumption of
resources and the alteration of our
shores for social economic benefits.
As result, our coastl habitats
such as bays, estuaries, beaches,
mangrove forests and coral rees are
threatened h anallution.
Includes pieces of b
kill fish and marine
Although oil In the
naturally, the consti
garbage and oil spil
contaminate the min
ftc; of the ocean, w
organic film which
Sewue and othe
waste water also carry pathogens
tloins and other colnaminants into
our coastal environment. These to-
Olasee Ins are absorbed on sludgepanicles
Davis and sludge is increasing along our
coastlines fish and marine mami
meals, birds and other marine organ-
isms that inhabit the shores.
inent Yet, some people in these
islands are willfully throwing trash
Into the ocean believing that it is the
ebris that ollten eight thing to do. They will tall you
broken gill nets that the ocean can handle tons of
mammals. trash because it cleans itself. Others
ocean occur will argue tha t goes around
ml discharge of comes around."
Is from ships Believe me marine debris has
rolayer, or sur- nogeiM bondaries. For
which is an example, hitter dumped overboard
hots floating near South America can find its
r form of
See DAVIS. facldn ase
Tho rly Now. Friday. soepteWmer 2. 1BN3 Environment 1i
DAVIS: Litter from South America
washes up on territory's shores
(Continued rotm idang pags)
way to the Virgin islands .
Thus. the problem of marine
debris must not only be addressed
locally. but intcmntionlly. Today,.
aII over ihe'world people are
becoming moe aware orenviron-
mental issue and realhte that par.
ticiping hin beadh cleanup can
impropv e he healb ofCur nviron
Since 1986. CoasUweeka.
national caupal a coordinated by
the Ccntear a Marine Canm tlion
in Wuhlngtosn. D.C. ha been pro.
moving beaeh cleanup* cillen pol-
lution ptrole ain oiecr efforts to
reduce or ollnMritme mrulne debris
lhut injures wildlife.
Cosiwecak now i ma n mul
evmn otrerved from Sept. 18
through OctL 1 and is becoming
more popolTr every yar.n I .
some 14S.OOO people from 34 staten
and territories mcludIngf 12 boregn
coumntries pnlarticipld In boiac
In 1991. the Marine Environ.
mnal Protection Committee of the
Internationl Mritime Orafiriza.
lion *peed to dciaronte the
Caribbean and the Oulfrof Mexico
a special UIas.whro no dumping
of nv trah will be Illowed.
lI is encouraging to know that so
much progress has been nde
worldwide in keeping che and
coastal waters clean. However. a
Wong e have nasny people
round. them always will be a need
for beach cleanup.
Activities planned forV.I. 1993.
St. Thomas and St. John: Sept.
19 Constweeks of the V.I. cleanup.
Sept. 21 VIERS Goy Benamn
School, ktndegarten cla bch
cleanup. So. John. To volunteer call
Donna Robert. VIERS 7766721.
Sept. 22 and 29. VIMAS and Maho
Bay Cosatwecka presntlaon series
at Maho Say campoun 7 p.m.
Voluneesn houl contact VIMAS
Sept. 24. "Evening by the Sea."
Brawers Beach 7.10 p.m. Contact
VIMAS at 774-3904.
Sept. 26. Caribbean oxplr-n
Dive Cub Annual Picnic for
award* and ref cleanup. Hull Day
Beach. Call Denise Micheltni at
775-2984 for details.
Oct. 2 John Brewer's Beach.
'Treasure Hunt. contact VIMAS at
774.3004. Oct. 6 VIMAS and Maho
Bay campground Coastweeks pre-
senlation series. 7 p.m. Maho Bay.
Contact VIMAS as 774.3004.
Housing. Parks and Recreation.
Oct. 6 Lndbergh Beach. Oct. 13
Hull Bay. Oct.20 Veap Bay.
Contact Joeph Sprauve.
Oct. 7. Proecct eekeeper Coral
Reef Conservation Workshop at the
University of the Virgin Islands
MLean Marine Science Center. 6-
10 p.m. Contact Norm Quinn at
St. Croix: Oct. 2. 9-L. contact
Donald Bailey at 773-2794. Rotary
West Club Oct. 9 Sandy Point
Wildlife Refuge 8 am. .I. Peace
Corp. 7 p.m.. contact Wallace
Williams at 773.7171. VIMAS Oct.
1. contact Marca Taylor at 778-
1112. Housing Parks and Rterc.
ateion Oct 6 Sioney Ground. Oct.
27. Salt River.
PNR Pish and Wildlife office
has pamphlets with information on
how to organize and conduct a
beach cleanup. Free plastic bags,.
data collection sheets and pencil
are available. Conltact the office on
S. Thomas at 775.6762; and St.
Croix at 772-195.
0aseae Davis, who holds a mas-
ter ofscience degre In rungr mart
agsneme indforestry eclo Is a
Sr. Croir ccSgi activist and