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Tropic news. Vol. 1. No. 5

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Tropic news. Vol. 1. No. 5
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United States Virgin Islands. Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Division of Fish and Wildlife.
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. TROPIC


OL I NO. 5


NEWS


DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES
DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS FEBRUARY
S -'~ i~ .. 1 .. .. .. :~ ...... '


BAIT FISH REGULATIONS SIGNED


Governor Alexander Farrelly
signed the Bait Fish regulations
into law on February 6, 1989.
These regulations will come into
full force and effect on March 1,
1989.

These regulations (1) prohibit
the use of seines measuring less
than 1 1/4" stretch measure; (2)
prohibit the export of bait fish
from St. John/St. Thomas; (3)
make it a crime to waste bait fish
or food fish.

WHELK CLOSURE DUE

Fishermen are reminded that the
whelk season will close April 1,
1989 for a period of six months,
reopening on the 1st of October,
1989.


BVI FINES LONGLINER

Full Moon, a Merritt owned
longline vessel, was fined
$40,000.00 ($10,000. per crew
member) for fishing in the British
Virgin Islands without a
commercial fishing license. Six
thousand pounds of swordfish and
one thousand pounds of by-catch
(tuna, dolphin, wahoo) was
confiscated.


WHALE UPDATE
While January appeared to produce
a slow start for this year's
whale season, February has
certainly picked up the pace. As
of 22 February, 12 sightings of
humpbacks have been reported to
the Division of Fish and
Wildlife. These sightings have
totalled approximately 49 adults
and 4 calves. Some of these may
be duplicate sightings. All
sightings have been in waters
north of St. John and St. Thomas
except for two adults and one
calf in Hurricane Hole, St. John
which allowed a charter captain
to swim with them. A large pod
(approximate 15) of whales
remained just north of Magens
Point for several days,
apparently playing or mating.

Please report any sightings to
the Division of Fish and Wildlife
at 775-6762 (St. Thomas) or 772-
1955 (St. Croix).
RED HIND SPAWNING FAILURE

Division Port Samplers, examining
red hind taken during the January
spawning aggregation, found no
evidence that spawning had
occurred.
Approximately 10,000-12,000 lbs.
of red hind were caught during
this 3-day period, January 14,
15, 16. Random samples were
examined by samplers. All the
fish in the sample were small,
averaging less than 1/2 lb. in
weight, and being 8-10 inches in.
length.
Red hind change sex from -female
to male when they grow older. No
older fish were seen in the
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1989


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/' """, ' -~/ ~'" "' TROPI,C .~ " ~ \\ DEPART~"'ENT OF PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE UNITED STATES_~_GI_~..I~_~~_N.g_S FEBRUA_RY WHALE UPDATE While January appeared to produce a SlO~l start for this year IS whale 3caaon, Pebru.~ry ha3 certainly picked up the pace. As of 22 February, 12 sightings of humpbacks have been reported to the Division of Fish and Wildlife. These sightings ~ave totalled approximately 49 adults and 4 calves. Some of these may be duplicate sightings. All sightings have been in \~aters north of st. John and st. Thoma.s except for two adults and one calf in Hurricane Hole, st. ,John \ihich allovled a charter captain to svlim with them. A large pOGo (approximate 15) of whales remained just north of Magens Point for several days, apparently playing or mating. 1989 'OL I 5 NO. B~.IT FISH REGULATIONS SIGNED Governor Alexander Farrelly signed the Bait Fish regulations into law on February 6, 1989. These regulations will come into full force and effect on !-1arch 1, 1989. These regulations (1) prohibit the use of seines meas-uring less than 1 1/4" stretch measure; (2) prohibit the export of bait fish from st. John/St. Thomas; (3) make it a crime to waste bait fish or food fish. vJHELK CLOSURE DUE Fishermen are reminded that the whelk season will close April 1, 1989 for a period of six months, reopening on the 1st of October, 1989. Please report any sightings to the Division of Fish and ~lildlife at 775-6762 (st. Thomas) or 7721955 (st. Croix). RRn HTND SPAWNING FAILURE BVI FINES LONGLINER Full Moon, a Merritt owned longline vessel, was fined $40,000.00 ($10,000. per, crew member) for fishing in the British ~Jirgin Islands wi thout a commercial fishing license. Six thousand poundS of swordfish and one thousand pounds of by-catch (tuna, dolphin, wahoo) iQaS confiscated. Division Port Samplers, examining red hind taken during the January spawning aggregation, found no evidence that spawning had occurred. Approximately 10,000-12,000 lbs. of red hind were caught during this 3-day period, January 14, 15, 16. Random samples were examined by samplers. All the fish in the sample were small, averaging less than 1/2 lb. in weight, and being 8-10 inches in. length. Red hind change sex from .female to male when they grow older. No older fish were seen in the r~i-~h