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2002 Opinion Survey of U.S. Virgin

Island Commercial Fishers and the

Marine Recreational Industry







Shenell Gordon
And
K. Roger Uwate



Bureau of Fisheries
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Department of Planning and Natural Resources
U.S. Virgin Islands


March 2003









INTRODUCTION

Biological surveys are only one part of any assessment of fisheries and marine resources when
developing management strategies. It is also important that the opinions and insights of user
groups be heard and considered. Without such input, assessment and management of these
resources would be incomplete.

In 2001, at the request of the St. Thomas/St. John Fisheries Advisory Committee, the Division of
Fish & Wildlife (DFW) completed an opinion survey of commercial fishers (see Uwate et al
2001). The results identified issues the user group views as problems and priorities.

In FY 2002, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service mandated that each state (and territory) develop a
strategic plan for fish and wildlife. In response to this mandate, DFW initiated work on a U.S.
Virgin Islands fish and wildlife strategic plan.

As part of this plan, user group opinions and insights were solicited and obtained through
opinion surveys. This report documents the opinions of two user groups: commercial fishers and
the marine recreational industry, both on the islands of St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix, U.S.
Virgin Islands (USVI).


METHODOLOGY

The Universe Two separate user groups were targeted in the USVI. One group included
commercial fishers. The other group included private sector companies that relate to marine
recreational uses (such as dive operations, fishing equipment stores, water sport rentals, etc.).
Not only were two user groups targeted, there was also a geographical split. St. Thomas and St.
John was one location and St. Croix another.

A list of marine recreational industry companies was compiled by looking through the phone
book and word of mouth. St. Thomas/St. John marine recreational industry companies are listed
in Appendix A. St. Croix marine recreational industry companies are listed in Appendix B. The
universe of commercial fishers included all licensed commercial fishers (DFW files).


The Questionnaire Two questionnaires were developed to target separate user groups, but
addressed similar issues. The questions were based on the questionnaire used by Uwate et al
(2001). The questionnaire was a single page so that it would not be a burden to respondents.
A copy of the commercial fisher questionnaire is attached in Appendix C. A copy of the marine
industries questionnaire is attached in Appendix D.


Fielding The commercial fisher questionnaire was distributed during the annual commercial
fisher registration periods. The St. Thomas registration was held at the Division of
Environmental Enforcement office at the St. Thomas airport from July 15 to 19, 2002. The St.
John registration was held at the Department of Planning and Natural Resources Building in









Cruz Bay, St. John from July 21 to 23, 2002. In St. Croix registration was during the same time
as St. Thomas (July 15 to 19, 2002), and was held at the Division of Environmental Enforcement
office in St. Croix. The period for response was extended to July 31, 2002 to accommodate
fishers who registered late at DFW offices. Participation in this survey was voluntary.

From August to September 2002, a similar questionnaire was fielded to the marine recreational
businesses on St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Two contractors were hired to field this
survey. Again, participation in this survey was voluntary.


RESULTS

Responses By the end of July 2002, a total of 147 St. Thomas/St. John commercial fishers had
registered. Of these, 62 responded to the questionnaire. During the same period, 237 St. Croix
commercial fishers registered. Of these, 147 responded to the questionnaire.

For the marine recreational industry survey, a total of 53 businesses for St. Thomas/St. John were
approached, however, 51 businesses responded to the survey. Three (6 percent) St. Thomas/St.
John businesses did not participate in the survey. On the island of St. Croix, a total of 43
businesses were approached, but only 33 businesses responded to the survey. Ten (23 percent)
St. Croix businesses did not participate in the survey. Non-participation was due to seasonal
closure of businesses (during the off season), companies out of business, or company staff were
unavailable (see Appendix A for St. Thomas/St. John and Appendix B for St. Croix list of non-
participants).

Survey responses from St. Thomas and St. John were lumped together and treated separately
from responses from St. Croix. The reasons for this have to do with the differences in
geographical location, geology, and socio-economics. For example, St. Croix has a narrower
shelf with shallower water depths than St. Thomas/St. John. In St. Croix, the shelf area extends
only about <3 nm from the shoreline, and the shelf depth is generally <12 m. The shelf around
St. Thomas and St. John extends much further (8 nm to the south, and 20 nm to the north), and is
primarily between 25 to 45 m deep. Additionally, the islands of St. Thomas and St. John draw
more tourism, provide better job opportunities, and have a lower poverty rate than St. Croix.
There are also more commercial fishers on St. Croix than on the islands of St. Thomas and St.
John.


Commercial Fisher Responses Of the 62 fishers from St. Thomas and St. John that completed
the questionnaire, 12 (19 percent) were from St. John and 50 (81 percent) were from St. Thomas
(Question 1). All of the respondents that completed the questionnaire in St. Croix were from St.
Croix.

Fishing gear types used by commercial fisher respondents include traps, hook and line, diving,
and nets (Question 2, Table 1). Hook and line was used by majority of the commercial fisher
respondents in the territory (49 percent for St. Thomas/St. John and 36 percent for St. Croix).
The remaining St. Thomas/St. John respondents fished with traps (30 percent), nets (13 percent),









and dive gear (9 percent). St. Croix respondents also fished by using traps (23 percent), dive
gear (24 percent), and nets (17 percent). Thirty-four percent of the St. Thomas/St. John
respondents, and 64 percent of the St. Croix respondents used more than one type of fishing gear.

Of the 56 St. Thomas/St. John respondents that answered question 3, 59 percent considered
themselves full-time fishers, 36 percent considered themselves part-time fishers, and 5 percent
fished occasionally (Question 3, see Table 2). Of the 145 St. Croix fishers who responded, 70
percent considered themselves full-time fishers, 28 percent considered themselves part-time
fishers, and Ipercent fished occasionally (Table 2). The distinction between full-time and part-
time fishers was not defined in the questionnaire, therefore, a fisher's status or title was
determined by the respondent.

Respondents rated their fishing (Question 4) as poor, fair, good or excellent. Results are
presented in Table 3. For both St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix, most rated their fishing as
"fair" or "good". For St. Thomas/St. John, when these rating categories are converted to
numerical values (with poor =1, fair = 2, good = 3, and excellent = 4), the average rating is 2.66
(variance 0.61). This overall rating is good (good = 3). For St. Croix, when rating categories are
converted to numerical values, the average rating is 2.28 (variance 0.64). This overall rating is
fair (fair = 2).

Commercial fisher respondents provided their opinions on the major issues and problems
regarding fishing in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Question 5, see Table 4). The top three areas of
concern for St. Thomas/St. John included: (1) overfishing (16 percent), (2) too many fish pots
(14 percent), and (3) water pollution (11 percent). Top issues for the island of St. Croix include:
(1) too many gillnets (23 percent), (2) overfishing (10 percent), and (3) too many closures and
stolen pots and/or pot catch (8 percent).

Respondents also made various suggestions on how to improve fishing in the U.S. Virgin Islands
(Question 6, see Table 5). Top three solutions for St. Thomas/St. John included: (1) increase
enforcement (19 percent), (2) pot quantity limits (11 percent), and (3) seasonal rotation of
closures (8 percent). Most St. Croix commercial fisher respondents also suggested an increase in
enforcement (17 percent), as well as banning and/or regulating gillnets (12 percent).

Respondents then identified priority areas for marine resources that need to be addressed
(Question 7, see Table 6). Of the fishers that provided their comments to question 7, 5 percent
suggested that the main priority area to be addressed in St. Thomas/St. John is habitat
destruction. Coastal development, too many fishers, jet ski regulations, overfishing, and
pollution were all the second suggested priority (3 percent). On St. Croix, top priorities for
marine resources that need to be addressed are pollution (25 percent), too many closures (9
percent), and too many gillnets (4 percent).

Question 8 asked about their awareness or possible involvement in the Fisheries Advisory
Committee (FAC) (see Table 7). On the islands of St. Thomas and St. John, 44 percent of the
respondents were not aware of the FAC, yet only 11 percent of all the respondents were willing
to join. More than 50 percent of St. Croix respondents were aware of the FAC and all were
willing to join (52%).









Respondents were then asked about their willingness to have their catch sampled by Division of
Fish & Wildlife staff (Question 9, see Table 8). Fifty percent of the commercial fisher
respondents were willing to participate on St. Thomas/St. John, while 88 percent of St. Croix
commercial fisher respondents indicated that they would cooperate.

Commercial fisher respondent opinions about the current fishing license moratorium were sought
(Question 10, see Table 9). The majority of the commercial fisher respondents in the territory
approve of the moratorium on issuing new commercial fishing licenses. Approximately 50
percent of the respondents in St. Thomas/St. John approved and 76 percent of the respondents in
St. Croix approved.

Question 11 refers to the suggestions of the commercial fisher respondents for new boat ramps
(see Table 10). On the islands of St. Thomas and St. John commercial fisher respondents most
wanted repairs and maintenance to existing boat ramps, as well as installation of additional
ramps in general. Commercial fisher respondents on St. Croix felt that Great Pond Ramp
(14 percent), Salt River Lagoon (10 percent), and Frederiksted Ramp (9 percent) either needed
ramp replacement or repairs.

Commercial fisher respondents also indicated their interest in a workshop on rules and
regulations (Question 12, see Table 11). Approximately 50 percent of the St. Thomas/St. John
respondents would participate in a marine resource workshop. Many respondents on St. Croix
were also willing to participate (85 percent).

Lastly, commercial fisher respondents gave any additional comments that they might have
(Question 13, see Table 12).


Marine Recreational Industry Responses Fifty-one business respondents were based on St.
Thomas and St. John. Thirty-three business respondents were based on St. Croix.

Respondents were asked to indicate what type of marine recreational business they were in
(Question 2, see Table 13). On the islands of St. Thomas and St. John, only 7 of the 51
businesses participated in more than one type of business (range 1 to 5). Many respondents on
St. Croix (16 of 33) participated in more than one type of business in the marine recreational
industry (range 1 to 5).

Most (80 percent) St. Thomas/St. John respondents rated the fishing resources as "fair" (39
percent) or "good" (41 percent) (Question 3, see Table 14). For St. Thomas/St. John, when these
rating categories are converted to numerical values (with poor =1, fair = 2, good = 3, and
excellent = 4), the average rating is 2.50 (variance = 0.65). This overall rating is between fair
and good. Fifty percent of St. Croix respondents rated the fishing resources as "fair" and 27%
rated it as "poor". For St. Croix, when rating categories are converted to numerical values, the
average rating is 2.0 (variance = 0.62). This overall rating is fair.

Respondents provided their opinion, as well as their view of their customers' opinions, on the
major fisheries problems in U.S. Virgin Islands (Question 4, see Table 15). Respondents also









provided their opinions on how these major fisheries problems could be resolved (Question 4b,
see Table 16).

Respondents also rated diving/marine resource conditions as poor, fair, good, and excellent
(Question 5, see Table 17). Once again, rating categories are converted to numerical values
(with poor = 1, fair = 2, good = 3, and excellent = 4). The average rating for St. Thomas and St.
John is 2.8 (variance 0.46). This overall rating is good (good = 3). Average rating for St. Croix
is 3.0 (variance = 0.59). St. Croix's overall marine resource rating is good (good = 3).

Major diving/marine resource problems as perceived by respondents and their customers were
identified (Question 6, see Table 18). St. Thomas/St. John respondents thought pollution was a
major problem (14 percent). An equal percentage of respondents also thought habitat destruction
and lack of moorings were major resource problems (12 percent). On St. Croix major resource
issues included overfishing (17 percent), pollution (35 percent), and habitat destruction (13
percent). Respondents provided suggestions on how these problems could be resolved (see
Table 19). The most popular suggestions overall for the territory were enforcement (16 percent)
and more education (13 percent).

Respondents were then asked about their awareness or possible involvement in the Fisheries
Advisory Committee (Question 7, see Table 20). Approximately 40 percent of St. Thomas/St.
John fisher respondents did not know about the FAC, no respondents were willing to participate.
There were more respondents on the island of St. Croix (64 percent) that did not know about the
FAC, however, 52 percent were willing to participate.

Suggestions for new boat ramps were also made (Question 8, see Table 21). St. Thomas/St. John
recreational industry thought that the east end of St. Thomas needed additional boat ramp
installation (21 percent). St. Croix recreational industry felt that ramp maintenance (36 percent)
and additional ramps (no specific location) (30 percent) were needed.

The marine recreational respondents were asked if they would like to participate in a workshop
regarding fishing rules and regulations (Question 9, see Table 22). Fifty-six percent of St.
Thomas/St. John respondents and 73 percent of St. Croix respondents said "yes".

Some respondents gave additional comments (Question 10, see Table 23). The need for more
education (26 percent overall) and enforcement (14 percent on St. Croix) were the top two
comments given.


DISCUSSION

Problems

Overfishing was the single most important issue/problem identified by commercial fisher
respondents (see Table 4). In fact, 37 percent of all responses regarding major problems on the
islands of St. Thomas and St. John were related concerns of overfishing. On St. Thomas/St.
John, many commercial fisher respondents (14 percent) believe there are too many fish pots. On









the island of St. Croix, 45 percent of all responses regarding major problems were also related to
overfishing. For example, St. Croix commercial fisher respondents (23 percent) cited gillnets as
the biggest problem. Other major problems specific to St. Thomas/St. John are water pollution,
and lack of enforcement. Other major problems specific to St. Croix included stolen pots and/or
pot catch, and too many closures.

St. Thomas/St. John marine recreational industry respondents also identified enforcement,
overfishing, and too many pots as problems (see Table 15). On St. Croix, enforcement and
overfishing were also identified as problems.

Solutions

Many commercial fisher respondents thought that the best way to improve the fishery was to
improve enforcement (19 percent on St. Thomas; 16 percent on St. Croix, see Table 5).
Common suggestions were to hire additional enforcement officials, increase patrols, and increase
site inspections. As in 2001 (see Uwate et al 2001), many St. Croix respondents (12 percent, see
Table 5) also suggested that gillnets be banned or regulated.

St. Croix marine recreational industry respondents suggested educational programs (10 percent,
see Table 16) and enforcement (19 percent, see Table 16) as ways to fix major fisheries
problems. Workshops, advertising, and public announcements are some of the suggested
educational options. There was also a 38 percent call for education within the additional
comments provided by the St. Croix maritime businesses (see Table 23). The lack of
information and communication in the territory may help explain why almost half of the
commercial fisher respondents (for St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix, see Table 7), and
recreational industry respondents (for St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix, see Table 20) did not
know about the FAC.

Results of these surveys provide insights into the priority areas as perceived by marine user
groups. These priorities are real to the respondents, but may be unknown or not yet significant to
policy makers. Opinion surveys such as those completed here should provide policy makers
with new insights and perceptions of problems and solutions for fisheries and marine resource
management. Also, it is evident that St. Thomas/St. John is fundamentally different from St.
Croix and therefore the Division of Fish and Wildlife's management strategy (strategic plan)
should recognize this. St. Thomas and St. John priority issues may have to be approached
differently than those of St. Croix because of the different priorities expressed by respondents
from each district to this survey.


REFERENCES CITED:

Uwate, K.R., W. Tobias, P. Nieves, H. Rivera, W. Ventura, and L. Critchley. 2001. Survey of
U.S. Virgin Islands commercial fisher opinions and usage of new national monument areas
(Buck Island and south of St. John). Bureau of Fisheries, Division of Fish and Wildlife,
Department of Planning and Natural Resources, U.S. Virgin Islands. 13 pp.









ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:


Stacy Albritton, with assistance from Shenell Gordon, Ruth Gomez, Jason Vasques, and Dr.
Roger Uwate, fielded the commercial fisher questionnaire on St. Thomas and St. John. Hector
Rivera and Willie Ventura, with assistance from Carmen Cortes, William Tobias, and Dr. Wes
Toller, fielded the commercial fisher questionnaire on St. Croix. Ursula Anlauf fielded the
marine recreational industry questionnaire on St. Croix. Kevin Haddox fielded the marine
recreational industry questionnaire on St. Thomas/St. John. Kevin Haddox entered the St.
Thomas/St. John and St. Croix commercial fisher and St. Thomas/St. John marine recreational
industry responses into a computer database. Ursula Anlauf entered the St. Croix marine
recreational industry responses into a computer database. Christopher Magras verified data entry
against response hard copies. Shenell Gordon completed data analysis and report writing. An
earlier version of this report was reviewed by Jason Vasques, William Tobias, and Dr. Wes
Toller.









Table 1. Fishing Gear Types used by Commercial Fishers
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 2 *
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Hook&Line 43 48.9 110 35.7 153 38.6
Trap 26 29.5 71 23.1 97 24.5
Net 11 12.5 53 17.2 64 16.2
Diving 8 9.1 74 24.0 82 20.7
Total 88 100.0 308 100.0 396 100.0
*Note: Respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.



Table 2. Fishing Status of the Commercial Fishers
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 3)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Full time 33 58.9 102 70.3 135 67.2
Part time 20 35.7 41 28.3 61 30.3
Occasional 3 5.4 2 1.4 5 2.5
Total 56 100.0 145 100.0 201 100



Table 3. Commercial Fishers Rating of Fishing Quality
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 4)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Poor 3 5.7 24 16.7 27 13.7
Fair 19 35.8 62 43.1 81 41.1
Good 24 45.3 51 35.4 75 38.1
Excellent 7 13.2 7 4.9 14 7.1
Total 53 100.0 144 100.0 197 100.0









Table 4. List of Major Issues and Problems Identified by Commercial Fishers
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 5)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
Major Issues/Problems N N O.
No. % No. % No. %
Bad weather 4 2.3 4 1.5
Blue Marlin bag limit needed 1 0.6 1 0.4
Boat access- need more 9 5.2 9 3.5
Boat access crowded (kids swimming) 1 1.2 2 1.1 3 1.2
Fishing gear damage 1 1.2 2 1.1 3 1.2
BVI controversy 1 1.2 1 0.4
Conch (illegal harvest) 2 2.5 2 0.8
Conch shell litter 3 1.7 3 1.2
Cooperation & Assistance needed 1 0.6 1 0.4
Divers take everything / ban harvest 3 3.7 4 2.3 7 2.7
Education (workshops needed, more communication) 4 2.3 4 1.5
Enforcement (lacking, no contact) 8 9.9 4 2.3 12 4.6
FADs (additional deployments) 4 2.3 4 1.5
Fishing illegal harvest (fish, lobster, & conch) 9 5.2 9 3.5
Fishing restrictions (too many / not enough) 4 4.9 5 2.9 9 3.5
Fish sales (low sales, fixed prices, can't sell total catch) 1 1.2 5 2.9 6 2.3
Foreign fishing in international waters 2 2.5 2 0.8
Gillnets (too many, regulations needed) 40 23.0 40 15.4
Habitat destruction 2 2.5 2 0.8
Jet Skis (kill birds, chase fish away) 5 6.2 1 0.6 6 2.3
Lobster (illegal harvest, low numbers) 3 1.7 3 1.2
Nets (too many net fishers) 1 0.6 1 0.4
NO COMMENT (*1) 7 8.6 22 12.6 29 11.2
No place to fish (too many closures) 2 2.5 13 7.5 15 5.8
Overfishing (no fish, decline in recruits, few baitfish, 13 16.0 17 9.8 30 11.6
S\ 13 16.0 17 9.8 30 11.6
too many boats, too many fishers, too many fishers)
Pollution (coastal runoff, sewage, rum discharge) 9 11.1 6 3.4 15 5.8
Pots stolen / Pot catch stolen 4 4.9 13 7.5 17 6.7
Pots too numerous (too many fishers & strings) 11 13.6 3 1.7 14 5.4
Research needed 1 1.2 1 0.4
Seine net depleting bait 1 0.6 1 0.4
Sharks eat catch 1 1.2 1 0.4
Spearing of adult fish 3 3.7 3 1.2
Vessels in fishing grounds (crowded fishing areas) 1 0.6 1 0.4
Total # of responses (*2) 81 178 259
Total # of respondents to question (*3) 55 125 180
*Notes: 1. "NO COMMENT" includes those questions that were left blank, or the words "no
comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
2. Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
3. Respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT" respondents equals the
total number of registered commercial fishers that filled out the questionnaire.









Table 5. Commercial Fishers Suggestions on how to fix Fishery Problems
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 6)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
uggestonsNo. % No. % No. %
Area closure rotate them 5 8.1 7 4.6 12 5.6
Area closure reopen some 4 2.6 4 1.9
Artificial reef (conch shells, tires, other debris) 2 1.3 2 0.9
Blue marlin regulations needed 1 0.7 1 0.5
Boat access repair & create more 4 2.6 4 1.9
Catch only catch what can be sold, prevent waste 1 0.7 1 0.5
Conch use shell for artificial reefs 2 1.3 2 0.9
Conch increase closed season 1 1.6 1 0.7 2 0.9
Cooperative system (fishers communicating & 7 4.6 7 3.3
working together)
Diving ban it for commercial fishing 2 1.3 2 0.9
Enforcement (patrol, patrol pots, stop pot theft, 12 19.4 24 15.7 36 16.7
inspect, more control, site inspections)
Environmental protection (sewage cleanup & control, 6 3.9 6 2.8
penalties & fines)
FADs additional deployments 4 2.6 4 1.9
Fishers education 1 1.6 3 2.0 4 1.9
Fishers separate full and part-timers 1 1.6 2 1.3 3 1.4
Fishing regulate it better 1 1.6 8 5.2 9 4.2
Gillnets ban them 13 8.5 13 6.1
Gillnets regulate them 12 7.8 12 5.6
Hatchery for lobster 1 1.6 1 0.5
Jet ski control 1 1.6 1 0.5
Less restrictions 2 3.2 2 1.3 4 1.9
Lobster season establish one 2 1.3 2 0.9
Net fishing regulate it 1 0.7 1 0.5
NO COMMENT (*1) 23 37.1 35 22.9 58 27.0
Pollution control 2 3.2 2 0.9
Pot identification improvement 1 0.7 1 0.5
Pot quantity limits 7 11.3 2 1.3 9 4.2
Regulations eliminate for commercial fishers 3 2.0 3 1.4
Regulations make them more flexible 4 3.2 4 1.9
Research more needed 3 4.8 3 1.4
Spear fishing regulations 1 1.6 1 0.5
Whelk harvest closure 1 1.6 1 0.5
Total # of responses (*2) 62 153 215
Total # of respondents to question (*3) 39 112 151
*4~t:1 IN LUVIII I niasioeqetosmtwr e ino n oa 1


Notes: 1. NO COMMENT includes those questions that were left blan t, or th: words no
comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
2. Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
3. Respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT" respondents equals the
total number of registered commercial fishers that filled out the questionnaire.










Table 6. Priority areas for marine resources that need to be addressed
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 7)

Priorities STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Boat ramp access 2 1.3 2 1.0
Closures too many 1 1.7 14 9.3 15 7.2
Coastal development (creating runoff) 2 3.4 2 1.0
Conch illegal harvest 3 2.0 3 1.4
Conch shell litter 2 1.3 2 1.0
Diving need regulations and limitation 1 0.7 1 0.5
Education more meetings, updates, workshops 5 3.3 5 2.4
Enforcement 1 1.7 4 2.7 5 2.4
FADs additional installments 1 1.7 5 3.3 6 2.9
Fishers too many 2 3.4 3 2.0 5 2.4
Fishing tournaments high mortality, more
regulations needed
Gillnets too many 6 4.0 6 2.9
Habitat destruction / need preservation 3 5.1 2 1.3 5 2.4
Jet Ski regulations 2 3.4 2 1.0
Lobster illegal harvest 2 1.3 2 1.0
Lobster more regulation 2 1.3 2 1.0
Marine reserves needed 1 0.7 1 0.5
NO COMMENT (*1) 39 66.1 46 30.7 85 40.7
Overfishing 2 3.4 4 2.7 6 2.9
Pollution- raw sewage and rum discharge 2 3.4 37 24.7 39 18.7
Pots too many 1 1.7 1 0.7 2 1.0
Pots / Pot catch stolen 2 1.3 2 1.0
Regulations more needed 1 1.7 5 3.3 6 2.9
Research needed 2 0.6 2 1.0
Spear fishing regulations 1 1.7 1 0.5
Total # of responses (*2) 59 150 209 100
Total # of respondents to question (*3) 23 101 124
* 1 "CCTIf' I if rTT~'T'i 1 1 1 1"l 11 -1 1 C


INotes: 1.

2.
3.


NO COMMENT includes those questions that were left blank, or the words no
comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
Respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT" respondents equals the
total number of registered commercial fishers that filled out the questionnaire.












Table 7. Commercial Fishers Awareness of the Fisheries Advisory Committees
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 8)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Aware 32 56.1 77 52.4 109 53.4
Not Aware 25 43.9 70 47.6 95 46.6
Total 57 100.0 147 100.0 204 100.0

Willing to join 6 10.5 77 52.4 83 40.7
Not willing to join 51 89.5 70 47.6 121 59.3
Total 57 100.0 147 100.0 204 100.0



Table 8. Commercial Fishers Willingness to Participate in Bio-Statistical Sampling
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 9)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Yes 28 49.1 129 87.8 157 77.0
No 29 50.9 18 12.2 47 23.0
Total 57 100.0 147 100.0 204 100.0



Table 9. Commercial Fishers Opinions about Fishing License Moratorium
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 10)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
No Comment 25 43.9 15 10.2 40 19.6
Don't Approve 4 7.0 20 13.6 24 11.8
Approve 28 49.1 112 76.2 140 68.6
Total 57 100.0 147 100.0 204 100.0









Table 10A. Commercial Fishers Suggestions for new Boat Ramps and Public
Jetties in STT/STJ (Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 11)
STT/STJ
Suggestions No.
Coki point ramp placement 1 1.7
Coral Bay ramp placement 2 3.4
Existing Ramps repairs and maintenance needed 4 6.8
French Town repairs needed 4 6.8
Hull Bay Ramp not usable / repairs needed 3 5.1
More ramps needed (in general) 4 6.8
NO COMMENT (*1) 36 61
Port Authority Ramp not accessible 1 1.7
Red Hook Docks repairs needed 2 3.4
Salt Pond ramp placement 1 1.7
Smith Bay needs fishing gear storage 1 1.7
Total # of responses (*2) 59
Total # of respondents to question (*3) 26


*Notes: 1.

2.
3.


"NO COMMENT" includes those questions that were left blank, or the words "no
comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
Respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT" respondents equals
the total number of registered commercial fishers that filled out the questionnaire.









Table 10B. Commercial Fishers Suggestions for new Boat Ramps and Public Jetties in STX
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 11)
STX
No. %
Altona Bay (needs sand to be cleaned out) 3 1.5
Anguilla Beach ramp placement 2 1.0
Boat Ramp Access (access to existing ramps) 7 3.6
Campo Rico Area ramp placement 1 0.5
Cane Bay Ramp repairs needed 2 1.0
Castle Nugent repairs to existing ramp & ramp placement 11 5.7
Chabut Beach ramp placement 1 0.5
Cotton Valley ramp placement 2 1.0
Cramers Plot ramp placement 1 0.5
Divi Bay ramp placement 5 2.6
East End St. Croix more ramps needed 4 2.1
Existing Ramps repairs and maintenance needed 6 3.1
Fish Market (fishing facilities with ice) 1 0.5
Frederiksted Ramp and Pier repairs needed 17 8.8
Gallows Bay Ramp ramp placement 1 0.5
Grape Tree ramps needed 3 1.5
Great Pond Ramp repairs needed 28 14.4
Long point ramp placement 6 3.1
Molasses Ramp repairs needed 6 3.1
More ramps needed (in general) 2 1.0
NO COMMENT (*1) 32 16.5
Old Fisherman's Plot ramp placement 15 7.7
Salt River Lagoon parking lot needed 1 0.5
Salt River Lagoon ramp placement 19 9.8
Turner Hole access needed 7 3.6
Turner Hole parking lot needed 2 1.0
White Bay Ruben's Beach ramp placement 2 1.0
Yacht Club Area more ramps needed 7 3.6
Total # of responses (*2) 194
Total # of respondents to question (*3) 115
*Notes: 1. "NO COMMENT" includes those questions that were left blank, or the words "no
comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
2. Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
3. Respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT" respondents equals the
total number of registered commercial fishers that filled out the questionnaire.













Table 11. Commercial Fishers Responses: would you like to participate in a workshop
about fishing rules and regulations (Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 12)
Response STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Yes 29 51.0 125 85.0 154 75.5
No 28 49.0 22 15.0 50 24.5


Table 12. Commercial Fisher Respondents Additional Comments
(Commercial Fisher Survey, Question 13)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
Comments
No. % No. % No. %
Boat access crowded (Kids swimming) 3 2.1 3 1.4
Buoys reflectors needed 1 0.7 1 0.5
Conch shell litter (clean up) 1 0.7 1 0.5
Cooperative system / Fish market needed for 2
selling 2.1 3 1.4
selling
Division of Fish & Wildlife doing good job! 1 1.8 1 0.7 2 1.0
Education (workshops, more public information) 2 6 4.1 6 2.9
Enforcement needed 4 2.8 4 1.9
Facilities needed French Town restrooms 1 1.8 1 0.5
FADs additional deployments 1 0.7 1 0.5
Fish sales (can't sell total catch) 1 0.7 1 0.5
Fishers too many 5 3.4 5 2.4
Fishing illegal harvest 3 2.1 3 1.4
Frederiksted Ramp and Pier repairs needed 1 0.7 1 0.5
Gillnets ban them 1 0.7 1 0.5
Jet Skis need regulations 2 1.8 1 0.5
Lobster close season needed 2 1.4 2 1.0
NO COMMENT (*1) 50 91.1 101 69.7 152 73.4
Overfishing 1 0.7 1 0.5
Pollution sewage & rum discharge 1 1 0.7 1 0.5
Research (more needed) 2 3.6 2 1.0
Restricted fishing too many closures 1 9 6.2 9 4.3
Total # of responses (*2) 62 145 207
Total # of respondents to question (*3) 12 46 58
*Notes: 1. "NO COMMENT" includes those questions that were left blank, or the words "no
comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
2. Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
3. Respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT" respondents equals the
total number of registered commercial fishers that filled out the questionnaire.









Table 13. Types of Marine Recreational Businesses Surveyed
(Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 2)
Type of Marine Recreational Business STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Charter Fishing Company 8 11.0 9 14.8 17 12.7
Snorkeling Tours 4 5.5 9 14.8 13 9.7
Sport Diving Company 18 24.7 9 14.8 27 20.1
Kayak Rental/Sales/Tours 2 2.7 7 11.5 9 6.7
Fishing/Diving Gear Sales 7 9.6 5 8.2 12 9.0
Marina 4 5.5 5 8.2 9 6.7
Boat Construction/Repair/Storage 3 4.1 4 6.6 7 5.2
Boat Rentals/Charters 12 16.4 4 6.6 16 11.9
Rentals, Other Water Activities
(e.g. windsurfers)
Research/ Scientific Diving 0 0.0 2 3.3 2 1.5
Recreational Boat Sales 6 8.2 1 1.6 7 5.2
Sailing Club / Sailing School 1 1.4 1 1.6 2 1.5
U/W Video Productions 0 0.0 1 1.6 1 0.7
Yacht Club 1 1.4 1 1.6 2 1.5
Jet Ski Rentals 2 2.7 0 0.0 2 1.5
Marine Aquaria 1 1.4 0 0.0 1 0.7
Total # of responses* 73 61 134
Total # of business respondents to question 51 33 84
*Notes: Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.


Table 14. Marine Recreational Industry Rating of Fishing Resources in USVI
(Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 3)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Poor 5 9.8 8 26.7 13 16.0
Fair 20 39.2 15 50.0 35 43.2
Good 21 41.2 6 20.0 27 33.3
Excellent 5 9.8 1 3.3 6 7.4
Total 51 100.0 30 100.0 81 100.0









Table 15. Major Fisheries Problems with Marine Recreational Industry
(Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 4)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
Major Issues/Problems N O.
No. % No. % No. %
Artificial reefs more needed 2 2.9 2 1.1
Catch limited consumers 4 3.4 4 2.1
Closures (not enough) 2 1.7 2 1.1
Closures (too many) 2 1.7 2 1.1
Conch decline in numbers observed 1 1.4 1 0.5
Conch regulations needed 2 1.7 2 1.1
Conservation 1 1.4 1 0.5
Coral World harvesting fish in Coki Beach 1 1.4 1 0.5
Enforcement (lack of patrolling and personnel) 5 7.1 19 16.1 24 12.8
FADs additional deployment 1 1.4 1 0.8 2 1.1
Fishing at public beaches (e.g. Coki Beach) 4 5.7 4 2.1
Ghost traps / lost traps 2 2.9 3 2.5 5 2.7
Gillnet fishing 7 5.9 7 3.7
Lobster decline in numbers observed / regs needed 2 2.9 2 1.7 4 2.1
Lobster size shift from large to small 1 1.4 1 0.5
Management poor management plan 1 1.4 5 4.2 6 3.2
Marine health (decline in marine life & growth) 1 1.4 1 0.5
Markets (mores needed to sell fish) 3 2.5 3 1.6
NO COMMENT (*1) 17 24.3 6 5.1 23 12.2
Over population 1 1.4 1 0.5
Overfishing 5 7.1 21 17.8 26 14.0
Pollution 7 5.9 7 3.7
Pots too many / regulations needed 8 11.4 10 8.5 18 9.6
Pots trapping of small fish 2 2.9 5 4.2 7 3.7
Restrictions (too many) 1 1.4 11 9.3 12 6.4
Spear fishing in swimming areas 1 1.4 1 0.5
Spearfishing regulations needed 2 2.9 4 3.4 6 3.2
Fishing supply store more needed 1 1.4 1 0.5
Fish decline in large reef fish 4 5.7 4 2.1
B.V.I. customs difficulty clearing 2 2.9 2 1.1
Habitat degradation / destruction 1 1.4 1 0.8 2 1.1
Weather (bad for fishing) 1 1.4 1 0.5
Longlining 1 1.4 3 2.5 4 2.1
Marlin high death rates 1 1.4 1 0.5
Total # of responses (*2) 70 118 188
Total # of business respondents to question (*3) 34 27 61
*Notes: 1. "NO COMMENT" includes those questions that were left blank, and the words
"no comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
2. Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
3. Business respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT"
respondents equals the total number of businesses that filled out the questionnaire.











Table 16. Marine Recreational Industry Suggestions on how to fix Major Fisheries
Problems (Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 4B)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
uggestonsNo. % No. % No. %
Artificial reefs more needed 1 1.1 1 0.7
B.V.I. letter of agreement 1 2.0 1 0.7
Closures (seasonal/rotate them) 1 5 5.4 6 4.2
Conservation 1 2.0 1 0.7
Education (workshops, fliers, public education) 1 2.0 9 9.7 10 7.0
Enforcement (personnel, funding, patrolling needed) 1 2.0 18 19.4 19 13.3
FADs additional deployment 2 2.2 2 1.4
Fishers limit number 6 6.5 6 4.2
Fishing regulations needed 2 4.0 2 1.4
Gillnets ban them 6 6.5 6 4.2
Longlining ban it 1 1.1 1 0.7
Management needs improving 1 2.0 4 4.3 5 3.5
Marlin fishing regulations needed 1 1.1 1 0.7
Marine Sanctuary (more needed) 1 2.0 5 5.4 6 4.2
NO COMMENT (*1) 35 70.0 5 5.4 40 28.0
Pots ban them 5 5.4 5 3.5
Pots bigger mesh size and fewer pots 3 6.0 1 1.1 4 2.8
Pots no pots at dive sites 1 2.0 1 0.7
Pollution sewage plants and increased fines 2 2.2 2 1.4
Regulations (bag limits and size limits needed) 2 4.0 18 19.4 20 14.0
Scuba ban fishing 3 3.2 3 2.1
Spearfishing ban it 1 1.1 1 0.7
Total # of responses (*2) 50 93 143
Total # of business respondents to question (*3) 16 28 44


'INotes: 1.


INO LCIVIIViEN i includes those questions mat were lent ianK, ana me woras
"no comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
Business respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT"
respondents equals the total number of businesses that filled out the questionnaire.


Table 17. Marine Recreational Industry Rating of Diving/Marine Resources in USVI
(Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 5)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Poor 1 2.0 2 6.0 3 3.6
Fair 11 22.0 5 15.2 16 19.3
Good 27 54.0 20 60.6 47 56.6
Excellent 11 22.0 6 18.2 17 20.5
Total 50 100.0 33 100.0 83 100.0









Table 18. Major Diving/Marine Resource Problems with Marine Recreational
Industry (Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 6)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
Major Issues/Problems N O.
No. % No. % No. %
Education lacking 2 3.0 3 2.9 5 3.0
Enforcement (lack of patrolling & personnel) 2 3.0 8 7.8 10 5.9
Facilities storage facilities needed 1 1.0 1 0.6
Fishing hooks found in mouths offish 1 1.5 1 0.6
Fishing more commercial regulations 2 3.0 2 1.9 4 2.4
Ghost traps / lost traps 2 3.0 2 1.2
Gillnets (too many fishers, kill too many fish) 4 3.9 4 2.4
Habitat degradation and destruction 8 12.1 13 12.6 21 12.4
Illegal harvest of marine resources (e.g. conch) 1 1.5 2 1.9 3 1.8
Jet Skis ban them 1 1.5 1 0.6
Management increase management 2 1.9 2 1.2
Marine resources major decline 1 1.5 4 3.9 5 3.0
Marlin population decline 1 1.5 1 0.6
Moorings additional deployment 8 12.1 7 6.8 15 8.9
NO COMMENT (*1) 13 19.7 3 2.9 16 9.5
Overfishing 3 4.5 17 16.5 20 11.8
Overpopulation 2 3.0 2 1.2
Pollution (sewage & litter) 9 13.6 36 35.0 45 26.6
Pots more regulations 4 6.0 1 1.0 5 3.0
Reef Fish population decline 5 7.6 5 3.0
Marine reserves more needed 1 1.5 1 0.6
Total # of responses (*2) 66 103 169
Total # of business respondents to question (*3) 38 30 68


,Notes: 1.


NO CMMIVIIVIN T includes those questions that were lett blank, and the words
"no comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
Business respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT"
respondents equals the total number of businesses that filled out the questionnaire.









Table 19. Marine Recreational Industry Suggestions on how to fix Major Problems
with Diving and Marine Resources
(Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 6B
s STT/STJ STX TOTAL
No. % No. % No. %
Closures rotate them 4 3.5 4 2.4
Compensate fishers 4 3.5 4 2.4
Cooperation/communication amongst fishers 3 2.6 3 1.8
Education (workshops, public education) 1 2.0 20 17.4 21 12.7
Enforcement (more patrolling & personnel) 1 2.0 25 21.7 26 15.7
Fishing more commercial regulations 2 3.9 10 8.7 12 7.2
Gillnets ban them 9 7.8 9 5.4
Management better planning 1 2.0 6 5.2 7 4.2
Marine reserves more needed 2 1.7 2 1.2
Moorings additional deployment 2 3.9 3 2.6 5 3.0
NO COMMENT (*1) 36 70.6 6 5.2 42 25.3
Pollution (sewage plants and control needed) 5 9.8 15 13.0 20 12.0
Pots ban them 4 3.5 4 2.4
Pots more regulations 2 3.9 2 1.2
Scuba ban fishing 1 2.0 2 1.7 3 1.8
Spearfishing ban fishing 2 1.7 2 1.2
Total # of responses (*2) 51 115 166
Total # of business respondents to question (*3) 15 27 42
*Notes: 1. "NO COMMENT" includes those questions that were left blank, and the words
"no comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
2. Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
3. Business respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT"
respondents equals the total number of businesses that filled out the questionnaire.


Table 20. Marine Recreational respondents that know about the Fisheries Advisory
Committee (Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 7)

STT/STJ STX TOTAL
Response
No. % No. % No. %
Know about the FAC 31 60.8 12 36.4 43 51.2
Do not know about the FAC 20 39.2 21 63.6 41 48.8

Would like to participate 0 0.0 17 51.5 17 22.4
Would not like to participate 43 100.0 16 48.5 59 77.6









Table 21A. Marine Recreational Industry Suggestions for new Boat Ramps and
Public Jetties in STT/STJ (Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 8)
STT/STJ
Suggestions STTST
~~___~______________~___No. %
Boat Access more access needed 1 2.1
Coki Beach Ramp repairs needed 1 2.1
Coral Bay Ramp, St. John ramp installation needed 2 4.2
East End, St. Thomas installation needed 10 20.8
Frederiksted Ramp and Pier repairs needed
Fishing Piers installation needed 1 2.1
Maintenance to existing ramps 4 8.3
Marina on South Shore
More ramps needed (no specific location) 1 2.1
NO COMMENT (*1) 28 58.3
South Shore, St. Croix ramp installation needed
Total # of responses (*2) 48
Total # of business respondents to question (*3) 23
*Notes: 1. "NO COMMENT" includes those questions that were left blank, and the words
"no comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
2. Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
3. Business respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT"
respondents equals the total number of businesses that filled out the questionnaire.


Table 21B. Marine Recreational Industry Suggestions for new Boat Ramps and
Public Jetties in STX (Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 8)
STX
Suggestions No. %
Frederiksted Ramp and Pier repairs needed 2 4.3
Maintenance to existing ramps 17 36.2
Marina on South Shore 2 4.3
More ramps needed (no specific location) 14 29.8
NO COMMENT (*1) 8 17.0
South Shore, St. Croix ramp installation needed 4 8.5
Total # of responses (*2) 47
Total # of business respondents to question (*3) 25
*Notes: 1. "NO COMMENT" includes those questions that were left blank, and the words
"no comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
2. Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
3. Business respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT"
respondents equals the total number of businesses that filled out the questionnaire.









Table 22. Marine Recreational Industry Responses that would you like to
participate in a Workshop about Marine Resources
(Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 9)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
Response
No. % No. % No. %
Yes 28 56.0 24 72.7 52 62.7
No 22 44.0 9 27.3 31 37.3









Table 23. Marine Recreational Industry Additional Comments
(Marine Recreational Industry Survey, Question 10)
STT/STJ STX TOTAL
Comments
No. % No. % No. %
Alternative livelihood for fishers 2 1.8 2 1.2
Artificial reefs more needed 1 1.8 1 0.6
Boat ramp access 2 1.8 2 1.2
Conservation 1 1.8 4 3.6 5 3.0
Conch illegal harvest 1 1.8 1 0.6
Dive boat moorings installation needed 2 3.6 1 0.9 3 1.8
Diving industry decline in industry 1 1.8 1 0.6
Education (workshops, COOP., more info, public 42 38.2 42 25.5
announcements)
Enforcement more patrolling 8 14.5 15 13.6 23 13.9
FADs additional deployment 1 1.8 1 0.6
Fishing regulations more needed 2 3.6 4 3.6 6 3.6
Gillnets big problem 1 0.9 1 0.6
Jet Skis regulate them 1 1.8 1 0.6
Lobster illegal harvest 1 1.8 1 0.6
Management better planning 5 4.5 5 3.0
Mangrove pollution clean up 2 3.6 2 1.2
Marine reserves more needed 1 1.8 14 12.7 15 9.1
NO COMMENT (*1) 25 45.5 5 4.5 30 18.2
Pollution great concern of coral die-off 1 1.8 2 1.8 3 1.8
Pots ban them 1 1.8 1 0.6
Reef degradation 2 3.6 1 0.9 3 1.8
Regulations needed 8 7.2 8 4.8
Research needed 2 1.8 2 1.2
Restrictions too many 1 0.9 1 0.6
Spear fishing regulate it 1 1.8 1 0.6
Swim buoys installation needed 1 1.8 1 0.6
Thanks for sharing concern 1 1.8 1 0.6
Whelk illegal harvest 1 1.8 1 0.6
Wildlife conservation 1 0.9 1 0.6
Total # of responses (*2) 55 110 165
Total # of business respondents to question (*3) 26 28 54
". V ,l~' l Z Z V T 1, 1 1 a,11 1 1 ,


'Notes: 1.


INU LUIVIIVIIEN includes mtose questions mat were let olanK, ana me woras
"no comment", "none", or "not available" were noted.
Some respondents provided multiple responses to this survey question.
Business respondents that answered this question plus "NO COMMENT"
respondents equals the total number of businesses that filled out the questionnaire.









APPENDIX A. List of St. Thomas/St. John Marine Recreational Industry Companies
Approached to Participate in this Survey
Name Address Phone Business
(340) Type (1)
Abigale II 6501 Red Hook Plaza # Suite 72, 775-6147 FC
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Admiralty Dive PO Box 307065, St. Thomas, VI 00802 777-9802 DC
Center
Adventure Day Sail 17 E. Estate Enighed, St. John, VI 00831 693-8000 SC

American Yacht American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook Qrt. # 2, 775-6454 M
Harbor St. Thomas, VI 00802
Aqua Action 6501 Red Hook, Plaza # 2, St. Thomas, 775-6285 DC
VI 00802
Atlantis Submarine 8168 Sub base # 4 Crown Bay Marina, St. 776-9552 O
Thomas, VI 00802
Awesome Powerboat 6186 Frydenhoj, St. Thomas, VI 00802 775-0860 BR
Rentals
Barefoot Divers PO Box 9438, St. Thomas, VI 00801 775-2038 DC
Bite Me Charters No business address 693-5823 FC
Blue Island Divers Suite 505 Crown Bay Marina Sub Base, 774-2001 DC
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Bluefin 6538 Estate Nazareth, St. Thomas, VI 00802 775-6691 FC
BOB's 6501 Red Hook Plaza # 201, St. Thomas, 775-0348 DC
VI 00802
Budget Marine PO Box 7937, St. Thomas, VI 00801 774-2667 M
Caribbean Parasail PO Box Red Hook Plaza # 201, St. Thomas, VI 775-9360 O
00802
Chris Sawyer Diving 6300 Estate Frydenhoj, St. Thomas, VI 00802 777-7804 DC
Center
Coki Beach Dive PO Box 502096, St. Thomas, VI 00805 775-4220 DC
Club
Compass Point 6300 Estate Frydenhoj # 22, St. Thomas, 779-1660 M
Marina VI 00802
Coral World 6450 Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802 775-1555 O
Crown Bay Marina Siute 528 Parcel 8168 Sub base, St. Thomas, 774-6082 M
VI 00802
Cruz Bay PO Box 2520, St. John, VI 00831 776-234 O
Watersports
Dave's Diesel 6300 Estate Frydenhoj # 22, St. Thomas, 775-9912 M
Service VI 00802
Dive In PO Box 503180, St. Thomas, VI 00805 775-6100 DC
Dive World PO Box 12140, St. Thomas, VI 00801 775-5971 DC










APPENDIX A (continued). List of St. Thomas/St. John Marine Recreational Industry
Companies Approached to Participate in this Survey
Name Address Phone Business
(340) Type (*1)
Double Header 6501 Red Hook Plaza PMB 221, St. Thomas, 77-77317 FC
VI 00802
Fin Stalker (*2) 6624 Estate Nazareth, St. Thomas, USVI 775-9982 FC
00802
Fish Hawk 6935 Vessup 9A-19, St. Thomas, VI 00802 775-9058 FC
Gone Ketchin PO Box 1492, St. John, VI 00831 714-1175 FC
HI-TEC Divers PO Box 2180, St. Thomas, VI 00803 774-1350 DC
Independent Boat Yard 6249 Estate Frydenhoj, St. Thomas, VI 00802 776-0466 M
Island Marine Supply 12 Crown Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802 776-0753 M
Lady Carol PO Box 502356, St. Thomas, VI 00805 775-4645 FC
Liquid Adrenaline PO Box 9438, St. Thomas, VI 00801 775-2038 DC
Divers
Low Key Watersports PO Box 7164, St. John, USVI 00803 693-8999 O
Marlin Prince American Yacht Harbor 6100 Red Hook 693-5929 FC
Quarters # 2 St. Thomas, VI 00802
Nauti Nymph 6501 Red Hook Plaza # 201, St. Thomas, VI 775-5066 BR
00802
Neptune Fishing American Yacht Harbor Red Hook Plaza # 7, 775-0115 FG
Supplies Qut. St. Thomas, VI 00802
Noah's Little Ark Dingy PO Box 1646, St. John, VI 00830 693-9030 BR
Rental (*2)
Ocean Runner PO Box 141, St. John, VI 00831 693-8809 BR
Offshore Marine 162 Sub base, St. Thomas, VI 00802 776-5432 BS
Paradise Watersports Caneel Bay, St. John 779-4999 BR
Patagon Divers PO Box 10894, St. Thomas, VI 00801 775-333 DC
Perfections Rentals PO Box 2968 Veterans Drive, St. Thomas, VI 775-5447 O
00803
Power Distributors Inc. 14 Sub base, St. Thomas, VI 00802 774-8780 M
Prowler 6501 Red Hook Plaza #201 PMB 185, St. 779-2515 FC
Thomas, 00802
Sea Trek 6450 Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802 775-1555 DC
See & Ski 6501 Red Hook Plaza PMB 201, St. Thomas, 775-6265 FC
VI 00802
St. Thomas Diving Club 7147 Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802 776-2381 DC









APPENDIX A (continued). List of St. Thomas/St. John Marine Recreational Industry Compan
Approached to Participate in this Survey
Name Address Phone Business
(340) Type (*1)
Tropical Marine 6747 Estate Nadir, St. Thomas, VI 00802 714-4189 M
Underwater Safari 5300 Long Bay Road, St. Thomas, VI 00802 774-1350 DC
V.I. Watersports 6415 Estate Nadir # 10, St. Thomas, VI 00802 776-0899 JS
VI Ecotours # 2 Nadir 779-2155 KR
Waters Edge Sports 6501 Red Hook Plaza # 201 PMB 536, St. 771-7356 BR/BC
Thomas, VI 00802
Woods Guide Service PO Box 37, St. John, VI 00831 776-5468 FC
World Class (*2) St. John, USVI 00831 779-4281 FC


* Notes:


1. Fishing Charter (FC), Fishing Gear (FG), Boat Rental/Boat Charter (BR/BC), Boat Sales
(BS), Dive Company (DC), Kayak Rental (KR), Yacht Club (YC), Sailing Club (SC), Boat
Construction (BC), Marina (M), Jet Ski (JS), Other (0).
2. Marine recreational businesses that did not complete the questionnaire due to the business
being closed, unavailable, or out of business.









APPENDIX B. List of St. Croix Marine Recreational Industry Companies Approached
to Participate in this Survey
Name Address Phone Business
(340) Type (*1)
Adventures Over The 442 Strand Street 772-0505 DC
Edge (*2)
Annapolis Sailing School 31-E King Cross Street, St. Croix, USVI 773-4709 SC
Anchor Dive, P.O. Box 5588 Sunny Isle, 00823 778-1522 DC
Salt River
Beach Shack 5001 Tamarind Reef, Christiansted, St. 773-4455 KR
Croix, USVI 00820-4230
Big Beard's Adventure P.O. Box 224534, Christiansted, 773-4482 BR
Tours U.S.V.I 00822
Belinda Charters (*2) N/A N/A BR/BC
Bryan's Marine Service 180 Upper Love, Frederiksted, St. 713-0544 BC
Croix, USVI 00850
Cane Bay Dive Shop P.O. Box 4510, Kingshill, St. Croix, 773-9913 DC
U.S.V.I. 00851
Captain Pete's P.O. Box 222877, Christiansted, 773-1123 FC
Sportfishing U.S.V.I. 00822
Caribbean Adventure P.O. Box 5302 Kingshill, St. Croix, VI 773-4599 KR
Tours 00851
Catch 22 (*2) Green Cay 778-6987 FC
Chenay Bay Beach Chenay Bay Beach Resort, P.O. Box 773-2918 KR
Watersports 24600 GBS, Christiansted, VI 00824
Cruzan Divers Christiansted 7721852 DC
Diva Charters Green Cay 778-4675 BR
Dive Experience P.O. Box 4254, Christiansted, St. Croix, 773-3307 DC
VI 00822-4254
Fish Tale (*2) Christiansted N/A FC
Gold Coast Yachts Salt River 778-1004 BC
Green Cay Marina Green Cay 773-1453 M
J & T Enterprises (*2) King Street, Frederiksted 772-3178 FG
Leisure Lady Green Cay 778-5738 BR
Lisa Ann Charters Green Cay 773-3712 FC
Llewellyn's Charter Yacht Club 773-9027 BR
Mile Mark Charters 59 Kings Wharf, Christiansted, U.S.V.I. 773-0754 O
00820









APPENDIX B (continued). List of St. Croix Marine Recreational Industry Companies
Approached to Participate in this Survey
Name Address Phone Business
(340) Type (*1)
Mocko Jumbie Christiansted 771-6244 FC

Outboards Only Calquohon 772-0300 FG
Poolworks St. Croix Marine Inc. 773-5225 FG
Salt River Marina Salt River 778-9650 M
SCORE/VI Divers (*2) 36A Strand Street 773-6045 DC
SCUBA 14 Caravelle Arcade, Christiansted, St. 773-5994 DC
Croix, VI 00820
Scuba Shack PO Box 3221, Frederiksted, VI 00841- 772-DIVE DC
3221
SCUBAWEST 330 Strand Street, Frederiksted, St. Croix, 772-3701 DC
USVI 00840
Shabeen (*2) Green Cay 773-7185 BR/BC
St. Croix Aquarium (*2) Caravelle Arcade 773-8995 O
St. Croix Marine P.O. Box 24730, Gallows Bay, St. Croix 773-0289 BS
VI 00824
St. Croix Watersports Protestant Cay 773-7060 O
(*2)
St. Croix Yacht Club Teague Bay 773-9531 YC
Tarponshark VI Divers Christiansted N/A DC
(*2)
TERORO II Box 25273 GBS, St. Croix, VI 00824 773-3161 BR
UnderSee Productions Cane Garden Bay 778-5057 O
United Sporting Goods Christiansted 773-0761 FG
Up and Under Charters 161 Estate Smithfield Frederiksted, VI 513-4797 FC
00840
Virgin Kayak Co. 4696 Kingshill, St. Croix, USVI 00851 778-0071 KR
Watersport @ Divi 25 Estate Turner Hole, Christiansted, St. 773-6808 O
Carina Bay Croix, USVI 00820


Notes: 1.


2.


Fishing Charter (FC), Fishing Gear (FG), Boat Rental/Boat Charter (BR/BC), Boat Sales
(BS), Dive Company (DC), Kayak Rental (KR), Yacht Club (YC), Sailing Club (SC),
Boat Construction (BC), Marina (M), Jet Ski (JS), Other (0)
Marine recreational businesses that did not complete the questionnaire due to the business
being closed, unavailable, or out of business.







Appendix C.


COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN'S OPINION SURVEY
JULY 2002

The Division of Fish & Wildlife is asking for your opinions regarding fisheries and marine resources
issues in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Please take a moment and answer this questionnaire. Your responses
will be compiled together and will provide DFW with insight into the priorities and problems identified
by you the fisherman. This will assist DFW in designing projects to address priority issues.


1. What island do you fish from?

2. What type of fishing do you do?


3. Do you fish:


ST. THOMAS ST. JOHN


TRAP


HOOK & LINE


FULL TIME? PART TIME?


ST. CROIX


DIVING


OCCASIONAL?


4. How would you rate fishing conditions in the U.S. Virgin Islands? POOR FAIR GOOD
EXCELLENT

5. What are the major fisheries problems that you see?



6. What can be done to fix these problems?



7. What are the priority areas for marine resources that need to be addressed?


8. Do you know about the Fisheries Advisory Committee? YES NO (Please take the
FAC sheet).
Would you be interested to volunteer to be on the Fisheries Advisory Committee?
YES (please print your name clearly: ) NO

9. Would you be willing to have your catch sampled periodically by the Division of Fish and
Wildlife staff? The information you will provide is strictly confidential.
YES (please print your name clearly: ) NO

10. How do you feel about the current moratorium on issuing new commercial fishing licenses?
NO COMMENT DON'T APPROVE APPROVE

11. Do you have any suggestions for new boat ramps and public jetties?


12. Would you like a workshop to learn about fishing rules and regulations? YES NO


13. Do you have any additional comments?


NET







Appendix D.


MARINE RECREATIONAL INDUSTRY OPINION SURVEY
AUGUST 2002

The Division of Fish & Wildlife is asking for your opinions regarding fisheries and marine resources
issues in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Please take a moment and answer this questionnaire. Your responses
are confidential. They will be compiled together and will provide DFW with insight into the priorities
and problems identified by you, the marine recreational industry. This will assist DFW in designing
projects to address priority issues.


1. On what island are you based on?


ST. THOMAS


ST. JOHN


ST. CROIX


2. What type of marine recreational business are you involved in?
Sport Diving Company Jet Ski Rentals Yacht Club
Charter Fishing Company Boat Rentals Sailing Club
Recreational Boat Sales Marina Boat construction


Fishing Gear Sales
Kayak Rentals/Sales


Other (specify):


3. How would you/your customers rate fishing resources in the U.S. Virgin Islands?
POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT

4. What are the major fisheries problems that you/your customers see? How can they be fixed?



5. How would you/your customers rate the diving/marine resource conditions in the U.S. Virgin
Islands? POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT

6. What are the major diving/marine resource problems that you/your customers see? How can they
be fixed?



7. Do you know about the Fisheries Advisory Committee? YES NO (Please take the FAC sheet).
Would you be interested to volunteer to be on the Fisheries Advisory Committee?
YES (please print your name/contact number: )
NO

8. Do you have any suggestions for new boat ramps and public jetties?


9. Would you like to participate in a workshop to learn about fishing and marine resource rules and
regulations? YES NO

10. Do you have any additional comments?




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