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TRQOPIC NEWS


RESOURCES


Oct./ Nov. 1991


Sportfish Restoration Projects:
1992- 1996
The upcoming five-year project period for the Divi-
sion of Fish and Wildlife will concentrate on the follow-
ing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded Sportfish Res-
toration projects:
Boat Access Boat ramps are to be constructed
on St. Croix at Altona, Fredericksted and Cotton Valley.
Baitfish Two studies will be performed to assess
VI resources offlyingfish, needlefish and dwarf herring.
Research will focus on seasonality and abundance, size
distribution and food habits, sex and reproductive
cycles, and predator/prey relationships.
Pelagic Sport Fisheries Studies will be per-
formed to investigate migration patterns and stress
factors of blue marlin through radio tagging and blood
chemistry analysis, and to research the seasonality and
feeding habits of tuna species in order to develop recrea-
tional live bait techniques for harvest ofyellowfin tuna.
Recreational Port Sampling To determine the
catch effort and species composition of marine game
fishes caught in the U.S.V.I..
Recreational Fisheries Habitat Assessment -
Three projects are planned under this heading:
To determine the quantity and quality of mangrove/
recreational fish nursery areas around St. Croix.
To determine the extent of important offshore
fisheries habitats and to chart and characterize those
habitats on the V.I. insular shelf.
To investigate existing conditions and seasonal
fluctuations in West End salt pond, St. Croix in order to
develop baseline data for developing recommendations
for improvement of water quality and recreational
fisheries production.
Wildlife Restoration Projects:
1992- 1996
The following U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded
Wildlife Restoration projects will be undertaken by the
Division of Fish and Wildlife during the next five years:
V.L Seabird Research Three projects are
planned under this heading:
To monitor population and distribution trends of
seabirds in the U.S.V.I..
To continue work to establish a second breeding
colony of Masked Boobies in the U.S.V.I. on Frenchcap
Cay, St. Thomas.
To determine Sooty Tern nesting preference and
nest success in various habitat types on Saba Cay.


DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Volume 4 Number 1/2


The reef octopus, Octopus briareus, is also called "sea
cat" in the Virgin Islands. This animal is often targeted
by recreational fishermen as a delicacy served as stewed
octopus or octopus salad. This octopus lives in coral
reefs, seagrass beds and rocky areas. They hide during
the day and come out to feed at night on bottom-dwell-
ing invertebrates such as young conch, other species of
shells and crabs. This octopus spawns only once, the
male dying right after mating and the female after
guarding the eggs until they hatch. They produce about
500 eggs which are attached to a hard bottom. The
octopus lives about a year and gets up to about 2.5 lbs..

Projects (cont.)
4 Kestrel Nest Box Use To determine if Kestrels
will use nest boxes and, if so, to provide adequate artifi-
cial nesting habitat for populations of Kestrels in the
V.I. to stabilize.
Wildlife Use of Saltwater Wetlands To deter-
mine the number of wildlife species using the wetlands
and the density of birds using the salt water ponds on
St. Croix.
Fruit Bat Research in the US.V.I. Studies are
planned to evaluate the feasibility of using bat detectors
for locating roosting and feeding sites of two fruit bat
species in the U.S.V.I.. Additionally, radio-tracking will
be used to study the ecology and behavior of these fruit
bats.

COMING SOON



> Environmental Coloring Book

> Parrotfish Project

>- Fisheries Independent Sampling


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Environmental Materials
The Division of Fish and Wildlife now has a list of all
environmental (educational and otherwise) materials
that are on hand at our office in Red Hook, St. Thomas.
Some of these materials are for the taking and others
are available on a loan basis. If you are interested in
having a copy of this list please write or call at the
address below.

Environmental Education: 1992
The following U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded
Environmental Education projects will be carried out
during the 1992 fiscal year:
Environmental Issues in the VI This involves
a number of activities including; producing short
video clips, a monthly newsletter (Tropic News), *
grphlic displays for the airports and museums depicting
V.I1 ecosystems and ways visitors and residents can
protect them while enjoying their splendor, coopera-
tive development of service products (trayliners, packag-
ing) having information or games on environmental
issues with V.I. fast food chains, and to produce
awareness for understanding the need for action
through the media, posters, bumper stickers, etc..
*V.L Ecosystems: Habitats in Danger This
involves producing illustrated brochures on saltponds,
coral reefs and seagrass beds. Brochures will be pro-
duced in both a graphic and a technical series for distri-
bution to schoolchildren and the general public.We also
plan to produce a short video on one or more of our
ecosystems.
Project WILD The Division would like to find
some teachers who would be interested in using Project
WILD activities in their classrooms and who might be
interested in becoming Project WILD facillitators. If
anyone is interested please contact the Division of Fish
and Wildlife for more information.


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GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
OF THE UNITED STATES

Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Division of Fish and Wildlife
101 Estate Nazareth
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
(809)775-6762 (ST.T.), (809)772-1955 (ST.X.)


Sportfish Update
Blue marlin sportfishing data was collected by the
Division of Fish and Wildlife from early June to early
October 1991, the time when they are most abundant in
our waters. The data, not including tournaments,
showed a "poor" year for blue marlin with 460 marlin
caught during 10,364 hours of trolling (22.5 hours of
trolling per marlin). This still exceeds, by a factor of
four, the capture rate for marlin for the Southeast U.S.
and Gulf of Mexico.
Of the 460 marlin caught, only about 10 were boated,
the largest weighing 710 pounds and the smallest 192
pounds. The rest of the marlin caught were released
with many being tagged. Tournament data will be
reported on in the near future.



"Remote from universal nature, and living by compli-
cated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature
through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a
feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We
patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic
fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And
therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not
be measured by man. In a world older and more com-
plete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted
with extensions of the senses we have lost or never
attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are
not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other
nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and
time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the
earth" Henry Beston

I&4 This newsletter was funded by the US
Fish and Wildlife Service, Sport Fish and
Wildlife Restoration Acts, the Caribbean
Fishery Management Council and the
Government of the VI.


BULK RATE
U.S. POSTAGE PAID
CHARLOTrE AMALIE, V.I.
PERMIT NO. 35


Address Correction Requested


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TJRcr DIVISION OF FISH AND Wll..DLIFE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES Volume 4 Number 1/2 Oct./ Nov. 1991 The reef octopus, Octopus briareus, is also called "sea cat" in the Virgin Islands. This animal is often targeted by recreational fishermen as a delicacy served as stewed octopus or octopus salad. This octopus lives in coral reefs, seagrass beds and rocky areas. They hide during the day and come out to feed at night on bottom-dwelling invertebrates such as young conch, other species of shells and crabs. This octopus spawns only once, the male dying right after mating and the female after guarding the eggs until they hatch. They produce about 500 eggs which are attached to a hard bottom. The octopus lives about a year and gets up to about 2.5Ibs.. Sportfish Restoration Projects: 1992 1996 The upcoming five-year project period for the Division of Fish and Wildlife will concentrate on the. following U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded Sportfish Restoration projects: . ... Boat Access Boat ramps are to be constructed on St. Croix at Altona, Fredericksted and Cotton Valley. ... Baitfish Two studies will be performed to assess VI resources offlyingfish, needlt:fi8h and Jwtirfherring. Research will focus on seasonality and abundance, size distribution and food habits, sex and reproductive c~cles, and predator/prey relationships. ... Pelagic Sport Fisheries Studies will be performed to investigate migration patterns and stress factors of blue marlin through radio tagging and blood chemistry analysis, and to research the seasonality and feeding habits of tuna species in order to develop recreationallive bait techniques for harvest ofyellowfin tuna. ... Recreational Port Sampling To determine the catch effort and species composition of marine game fishes caught in the U.S. V.1.. ... Recreational Fisheries Habitat Assessment Three projects are planned under this heading: To determine the quantity and quality of mangrove! recreational fish nursery areas around St. Croix. To determine the extent of important offshore fisheries habitats and to chart and characterize those habitats on the V.I. insular shelf. To investigate existing conditions and seasonal fluctuations in West End salt pond, St. Croix in order to develop baseline data for developing recommendations for improvement of water quality and recreational fisheries production. Projects (cont.) ... Kestrel Nest Box Use To determine if Kestrels will use nest boxes and, if so, to provide adequate artificial nesting habitat for populations of Kestrels in the V.I. to stabilize. ... Wildlife Use of Saltwater Wetlands To determine the number of wildlife species using the wetlands and the density of birds using the salt water ponds on St. Croix. ... Fruit Bat Research in the U.s. V.I. Studies are planned to evaluate the feasibility of using bat detectors for locating roosting and feeding sites of two fruit bat species in the U.S. V.1.. Additionally, radio-tracking will be used to study the ecology and behavior of these fruit bats. Wildlife Restoration Projects: 1992 1996 >Environmental Coloring Book >Parrotfish Project The following V.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded Wildlife Restoration projects will be undertaken by the Division of Fish and Wildlife during the next five years: .. V.L Seabird Research Three projects are planned under this heading: To monitor population and distribution trends of seabirds in the U.S. V.I.. To continue work to establish a second breeding colony of Masked Boobies in the V.S.V.I. on Frenchcap Cay, St. Thomas. -To determine Sooty Tern nesting preference and nest success in various habitat types on Saba Cay. >Fisheries Independent Sampling

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Environmental Materials The Division of Fish and Wildlife now has a list of all environmental (educational and otherwise) materials that are on hand at our office in Red Hook. St. Thomas. Some of these materials are for the taking and others are available on a loan basis. If you are interested in . having a copy of this list please write or call at the address below. Sportfish Update Blue marlin sportfishing data was collected by the Division ofFish and Wildlife from early June to early October 1991, the time when they are most abundant in our waters. The data, not including tournaments, showed a "poor" year for blue marlin with 460 marlin caught during 10,364 hours of trolling (22.5 hours of trolling per :marlin). This still exceeds, by a factor of four, the capture rate for marlin fOT the Southeast U.S. and Gulf of Mexico. Of the 460 marlin caught, only about 10 were boated, the largest weighing 710 pounds and the smallest 192 pounds. The rest of the marlin caught were released with many being tagged. Tournament data will be reported on in the near future. IlZlmre "Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth" Henry Beston ~'\Sll ~~.~ This newsletter was funded by the US A~ 'IO!" Fish and Wildlife Service, Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Acts, the Caribbean Fishery Management Council and the Government of the VI. ji"lr1 ~ Environmental Education: 1992 The following U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded Environmental Education projects will be carried out during the 1992 fiscal year: ... Environmental Issues in the VI This involves a number of activities including; * producing short video clips, * a monthly newsletter (Tropic News), * ~r'lphic diBpl"iYs for the airpol-ts and museums depicting V.I; ecosystem~ and ways visitors and residents can protect them while enjoying their splendor, * cooperative development of service products (trayliners, packaging) having information or games on environmental issues with V.I. fast food chains, * and to produce awareness for understanding the need for action through the media, posters, bumper stickers, etc.. .. V.L Ecosystems: Habitats in Danger This involves producing illustrated brochures on saltponds, coral reefs and seagrass beds. Brochures will be produced in both a graphic and a technical series for distribution to schoolchildren and the general public. We also plan to produce a short video on one or more of our ecosystems. .. Project WILD The Division would like to find some teachers who would be interested in using Project WILD activities in their classrooms and who might be interested in becoming Project WILD facillitators. If anyone is interested please contact the Division ofFish and Wildlife for more information. ~ ~ ~ t; ?u;1ttr.., ()r.. ~cYFF ~ GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNnED ST A 1ES BULK RATE u.s. POSTAGE PAID CHARLOTTE AMALIE, V.I. PERMIT NO. 35 Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife 101 Estate Nazareth St. Thomas, USVI 00802 (809)775-6762 (ST. T.), (809)772-1955 (ST.X.) Address Correction Requested