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Tropic news. Vol. 1. No. 1.

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Tropic news. Vol. 1. No. 1.
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Tropic news
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DEPARTMENT OF PL
OIVISIO0
VOL. I N 1 ... ::UNITED

Regulations
SHELLFISH REGULATIONS
(Whelk)

The whelk season..throughout the
US Virgin Islands reopened on
October .1 for .six months. It
will close March: 31.

,The minimum legal size is any
animal which.. will not drop
through a 2 inch galvanized ring
of the kind you can buy in any
marine hardware store.

(Conch)


On,: St. i Thomas/St.
Complete closure, until 1993


On St. Croix:":
1- 9" minimum size
2, 6 animal bag


John:


limit for


personal use (non-commercial)
3. Closed season July, August,
September every year
4. No sale undersized' shells n
souvenir shops


CONCH POACHERS CAUGHT

Six St. Thomas fishermen were
arrested Oct. 8, 1.988, and were
charged with illegal possession
of 364 conch. Bail was set at
$5,000 each.


NEWS


IlNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES
OF FISH AND.WILDLIFE
STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS .'* OCTOBER

St.Thomas/St.John ;i'
Fishermen's Committee
of Overseers Makes New Rule
PIrotects Red hbind


988


The fishermen's committee has
recommended.that a known spawning
area south of Saba Island be
closed to all trap fishing during
January, February and March.

This area is less than three
square miles in .size, but the
Committee believes it is a. major
Red .hind .and Nassau grouper
spawning reef.



PLASTIC POLLUTION LAW SIGNED

Beginning December 31, .1988,
tough new law ..regarding the
dumping ':of'` plastics and -other
garbage *at- sea will come into
effect.. .Next month, this-. News
Letter .will..tell ,.you howYYOU can
help make this law work.
Y ************ **- ** *> **** *******

Enforcement. .

LOBSTER VIOLATORS FINED

Two men, one from Florida, the
other from the Bahamas,.;I' were
detained by a Port Authority
Guard at Red Hook on suspicion of
illegally spearing and "wringing"
undersized lobsters last month.

Both .men pled guilty and were
fined $500 each.


ROPIC







CONCH ENHANCEMENT


WILDLIFE PLANT BOOKLET

An illustrated plant booklet
describing and picturing fifty VI
plants most commonly used by
birds and other wildlife has been
printed by the Department of
Planning and Natural Resources.

Copies are available at the
Redhook office of Fish and
Wildlife, and in the main office
down town.



ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

This newsletter is only one of
the several new programs funded
by the US Fish and Wildlife
Service to bring information
about the natural resources found
on these islands to the people.

In the planning stage is a
video program, brochures, slide
shows and field trips for some
school children.'
******************** *********************
Endangered species

THE LEATHERBACK PROJECT

The leatherback project on
Sandy Point Refuge, St.Croix is
the largest in the United States.
Through the end of July, 48
leatherbacks and three green
turtles deposited eggs in 258
nests. 147 nests were relocated to
prevent loss due to erosion.'
6,7'11 baby turtles were successfully
hatched and have begun their
uncertain lives in the sea.


The Conch Enhancement Project,
is open for business. The.pen is
100' long and 50' wide, and is
located in National Park Waters at
St. John.
While October generally marks
the end of the most productive
breeding season, about 30 adult
animals are presently in the
facility.
**********************************

EPIRB REMINDER

The Coast Guard wishes to
remind fishermen going more than
three miles off shore that as of
October 3, 1988, they must carry
as part of their safety gear, a
Class A Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)

SEABIRD RESEARCH

During October, the Division
continues to study seabirds
breeding on the offshore cays
surrounding St.Thomas and St.
John. This month marks the
beginning of the winter nesting
season, and the return of the
Red-billed Tropicbirds to their
nesting colonies. A large,
mainly white bird with a long
streamer tail, they nest in
holes and cliff ledges on the
uninhabited offshore cays.
Raising one chick, they depart
by early spring to lead an ocean
existence until returning again
in winter to breed in the Virgin
Islands.


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, TROPI,C . // NEWS . DEPARTMENT OF Pl'ANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES .;:::;::":;i:::;::: ,",.;(:OIV!S.~!Jri'OFFISH:ANO.WllDlIFE ~'.' \:~.~~~,~ t.~:(i;:-: ::: UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS .".:' ;:f(1i: VOL. ,I OCTOBER 988 . NO.1 . , " RegulatJ.ons : ," " SHELLFISH REGULATIONS (Whelk) ,;, . .,; , st. Thomas/St. J:ohn ;'.!' : Fis~ermen's:CoInmittee of Overseers Makes Ne~ Rule l'rotects ~A(lhind . . I The \vhelk season:throughout the . . . US Virgin Islands. reopened on October 1 forisix months. It , wilL" close March:31~ , The fishermen I s '::'commi t tee has: recommended that a known spawning area south of Saba Island be closed to' all trap fishing during January, February and March.' :' ,The minimum legal size is any animal which, will not drop through a 2~ inch galvanized ring of the kind you can buy in any marine hardware store. This area is less than three square miles In'jsize, but the Committee believes it is a major Red hind 'and, Nassau grouper spawning reef.. (Conch) *********************************** John: ;' On : st. t ,Thomas/st. ~'c, Complete closu:l:"~until 1993 : c PLASTIC POLLUTION LAW SIGNED , , ;,', Beginning December 31,1988, tough ne\v' law' regarding { the ,. -'. dumping of plastics and : other garbage at:.; sea will come into effect~, .Next month, this', News . ... . Letter; Will.tell':..iY9U how,./YOU qan help~~ke t~is l~n:i:work.' ;,'~:~::c~:'if;' :' *** *~,,~ ***,?f'..~:+,~ ***~~ * * * ****'** ***** " ' . ':: :,-:;':::',;..: ; . LOBSTER VIOLATORS FINED , ' ' '.., Two men, orie'c'.£rorn Florida,. the other fr'om the' Bahamas,); were detained by :a' Port Authority Guard at Red Hook on suspicion of illegally spearing and "wringing" undersized lobsters, last month. ********************************** CONCH POACHERS CAUGHT Six st. Thomas fishermen were arrested "Oct.:"8, 1988, and were charged with illegal possession of 364 conch. Bail was set at $5,000 each. " ' Both men pledgui"lty and were fined $500 each.

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CONCH ENHANCEMENT vJILDLIFE PLANT BOOKLET " . An illustrated plant booklet describing and picturing fifty VI plants most commonly used by birds and other wildlife has been printed by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.'" are available at the office ef Fish and and in the main office Copies Redhook l'-lildlif e, down to\Vn. The Conch Enhancement Project, is open for business. The .pen is 100' long and 50' wide, and is loc'ated in National Park Waters a"t St. John. While October generally marks the end of the most productive breeding season, about 30 adult animals are presently in the facilitj7. ********************************** EPIRB-REMINDER *** *** * ******** ** * * **** ** *** * * **-k The Coast Guard wishes to remind fishermen going more than three miles off shore that as of October 3, 1988, they must carry as part Qf their safety gear, a Class A Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) **:~':C* *** * **~~,;:,;:,;: ,;:,;:,;: *,;: *~ * * ** ** * * * • '" '" SEABIRD RESEARCH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION This newsletter is only one of the several new programs funded by the US Fish and \t-7ildlife Service to bring information about the natural resources found on these islands to the people. rn the planning stage is a video program, brochures, slide sho\vs and field trips for some school children.* ** ** ** *** *~** ** * * * * ** * * * * ** * * ~ ~~ * ~nd~ngered speCles THE LEATHERBACK PROJECT During October, the Division continues to study seabirds breeding on the offshore cays surrounding St.Thomas ,and St. John. This month marks the beginning of the winter nesting season, and the re"curn of the Red-billed Tropicbirds to their nesting colonies. A large, mainly white bird with a long streamer tail, they nest in holes and cliff ledges on the uninhabited offshore cays. Raising one chick, they depart by early spring to lead an ocean existence until returning again in, \\'inter to breed in the Virgin Islands. The leatherback project Oil Sandy Point Refuge, St. Croix is the largest in the United States. Through the end of July, 48 leatherbacks and three green turtles deposited eggs in 258 nests. 147 nests were relocatp;d to prpvent l(',ss due to erosion.' 6, 'I,ll baby turtles were successfully hatched and have begun their uncertain lives in the sea.