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TROPIC NEWS


-- .-- DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND NATURAL
RESOURCES
November 1992


DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
5
Volume I Number 3


FREE PRODUCTS FOR FISHERMEN


MEASURING UP...
The Division has re-
cently developed a gauge
that will assist fishermen in
determining whether their
/.f'-1 notch mccta lcgal size re-
Squirements. The gauge is
designed to measure conch,
o lobster and whelk.
Rafe Boulon, Chief of
Environmental Education, and Toby Tobias, Fisheries
Biologist, collaborated on the project, which was funded
by the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council.
Boulon and Tobias teamed up with Walsh Metal
Works of St. Croix to produce the gauges, which are
constructed of sturdy aluminum plate.
When undersized animals are harvested before they
reach sexual maturity, no offspring are left behind to
ensure the continuation of the species.
According to Boulon, "The size limits indicated on the
gauge are designed to enable individuals of these species
to reproduce before they are harvested. By not harvest-
ing small individuals we ensure that future generations
of Virgin Islanders will be able to enjoy conch, whelk,
and lobster in their diet."
The gauge can be obtained free of charge by visiting
Division offices on St. Thomas or St. Croix. Only one
gauge per person will be distributed.


FISHING LOG BOOKS...
Another new product I LsNGr.,
available through the Divi- 0 *
sion is a log book for recrea-
tional fisherman. Produced
by Fisheries Biologist Craig
Barshinger, it is printed on ---.- -
special waterproof paper, ,
and contains reference infor- ____
mation on IGFA world rec-
ords, a lunar calendar, and First Aid information.
"The new log books are designed to appeal to all rec-
reational fishermen, whether they seek marlin out on
the drop or go for bonefish just off shore. The books are
offered at no charge. All we ask in return is that fisher-
men share their records with us so we can gain more
data on the status of the sportfish population."


FISHERIES FACTS


FISHERIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS...
Nine members of a proposed 10-member fisheries
advisory committee were nominated in a meeting held
Monday, November 16th at the Legislature office on
St. Thomas.
The committee is being formed by DPNR nnd thn
Department of Economic Development and Agriculture,
and includes representatives from the commercial, rec-
reational or sport fishing community, and commercial
divers.
The purpose of the committee is to review manage-
ment measures for the Virgin Islands fisheries, and
report their recommendations to the Governor.
Representatives include: Commercial fishermen
David F. Berry, Claude Berry, Sandra LaPlace
Tarantino, and C.C. Kreglo; Sportfishermen Al Pet-
rosky, Spike Herbert, and Rick Mizell; Commercial
divers Danny Boland, and Andre' Weber. A position for
a representative from the St. John fishing community
remains unfilled.
The first formal committee meeting is expected in
early December.

BENTHIC MAPPING ... A study is underway to
map an area of the shelf off the south side of St. Tho-
mas and St. John with the use of an underwater video
camera system. Presently, there is little data available
on the marine habitat in this area. This study is in-
tended to gather data that is of importance to the local
fishing industry.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS ... The Division is
currently seeking volunteers to assist the Fisheries
Bureau in its field studies. Experience in field research
is not required. Most projects involve half-day to full
day boat trips. Contact Ruth Gomez, Environmental
Specialist, at the Division's St. Thomas office 775-6762.


ENVIRO-NO TE

Each year, Americans spend nearly $10 million on
toilet deodorizers. Air fresheners don't "freshen" air,
they deaden your nasal passages or coat them with oil
Some contain chemicals like xylene, ethanol, etc.
Natural alternatives include herbal mixtures, vinegar
and lemon juice, and water mixed with essential nils


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WHO'S WHO
We begin our staff profile series with an interview
with Ann Seiler, Director of the Division of Fish &
Wildlife.
Ann has been employed at the Division for nearly
9 years, beginning as a wildlife biologist.
In recent years, she has been involved in studies of
feral burros, rats, deer, and seabirds.
Presently, her duties include the overall administra-
tion and coordination of the Division. She is responsible
for grant applications, budget, and personnel.
She is currently involved in a project to install
kestrel nesting boxes at locations around the islands.
Due to loss of habitat, many species of local birds do not
have safe nesting sites. The nesting boxes have been
successful in other areas, and Seller has hopes that they
will aid in increasing the kestrel population here in the
Virgin Islands.
Another current goal is to coordinate the installation
of Fish Attracting Devices offshore. The devices,
referred to as FADs, provide a habitat for small baitfish,
which in turn attracts pelagic fish looking for a meal.
This is one of the many projects the Division is involved
in to enhance and restore our coastal fisheries.
Ann and her husband Chris are busy putting finish-
ing touches on their new cottage, which they built them-
selves. When she isn't painting, varnishing, or building
porch railings, Ann enjoys SCUBA diving, writing, or
spending time with her numerous pets.

FILM CREW VISITS ISLANDS
The Children's Television Workshop (producers of
Sesame Street, 3-2-1 Contact, etc.) were recently on
St. John and the BVI filming segments for an interac-
tive educational video. The video will be used in second
grade classrooms across the U.S.. It will allow students
to walk down a tropical beach, or explore a coral reef,
and focus on individual animals or habitats for study.
We hope that schools in the Virgin Islands will be able
to obtain and use this type of educational experience.


SANTA CLAUS IS COMING...


SCan't decide what to get that
S special someone for Christmas
S this year? What about putting
Sa whale on your Christmas list?
i ? Unlike ties and toasters, this is
the type of gift that your loved
ones aren't likely to get two of!
Instead of gifting your
friends and loved ones with the same old fruitcakes and
argyle socks, consider gift giving with an environmental
theme. Many organizations feature holiday gift ideas
such as the "adoption" of endangered animals like
whales, dolphins, or sea turtles. Rainforests or wetlands
are also available for adoption, with proceeds going to-
wards preservation efforts for these arcus. A certificate
of adoption, newsletter, and bumper sticker are among
the items you or your friends will receive.
Other groups feature greeting cards, stationery, and
holiday gift wrap printed on recycled paper.
For additional gift ideas and information on how to
order these items, please contact Cathy Lawlor at the
Division's St. Thomas office 775-6762.

************+****+**+++++*+**


"What good is a house if you haven't got a tolerable
planet to put it on?"
Henry David Thoreau
999***@*9*@@ *.........4.....


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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.


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.)


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


Address Correction Requested


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DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDL~ ,. z. Volume. Number. FREE PRODUCTS FOR FISHERMEN FISHERIES FACTS '""\.! /" ~:;{.' r I FISHERIES ADVISORY COMMITrEE MEETS... Nine members of a proposed 10-member fisheries advisory committee were nominated in a meeting held Monday, November 16th at the Legislature office on St. Thomas. The committee is being formed by DPNR nnd t,nn Department of Economic Development and Agriculture, and includes representatives from the commercial, recreational or sport fishing community, and commercial divers. The purpose of the committee is to review management measures for the Virgin Islands fisheries, and report their recommendations to the Governor. Representatives include: Commercial fishermen David F. Berry, Claude Berry, Sandra LaPlace Tarantino, and C.C. Kreglo; Sportfisherrnen AI Petrosky, Spike Herbert, and Rick Mizell; Commercial divers Danny Boland, and Andre' Weber. A position for a representative from the St. John fishing community remains unfilled. The first formal committee meeting is expected in early December. BENTHIC MAPPING ... A study is underway to map an area of the shelf off the south side of St. Thomas and St. John with the use of an underwater video camera system. Presently, there is little data availabe on the marine habitat in this area. This study is intended to gather data that is of importance to the local fishing industry. MEASURING UP ... The Division has recently developed a gauge that will assist fishermen in determining whether their ~ c M" n{\t.l!-n mcc:tG lcgnl ai7;c re. _ I quirements. The gauge is / -' designed to measure conch, 0). lobster and whelk. I Rafe Boulon, Chief of Environmental Education, and Toby Tobias, Fisheries Biologist, collaborated on the project, which was funded by the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council. Boulon and Tobias teamed up with Walsh Metal Works of St. Croix to produce the gauges, which are constructed of sturdy aluminum plate. When undersized animals are harvested before they reach sexual maturity, no offspring are left behind to ensure the continuation of the species. According to Boulon, "The si7;e limits indicated on the gauge are designed to enable individuals of these species to reproduce before they are harvested. By not harvesting small individuals we ensure that future generations of Virgin Islanders will be able to enjoy conch, whelk, and lobster in their diet." The gauge can be obtained free of charge by visiting Division offices on St. Thomas or St. Croix. Only one gauge per person will be distributed. CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS ... The Division is currently seeking volunteers to assist the Fisheries Bureau in its field studies. Experience in field research is not required. Most projects involve half-day to full day boat trips. Contact Ruth Gomez, Environmental Specialist, at the Division's St. Thomas office 775-6762. FISillNG LOG BOOKS... Another new product available through the Division is a log book for recreational fisherman. Produced by Fisheries Biologist Craig Barshinger, it is printed on special waterproof paper, and contains reference information on IGFA world records, a lunar calendar, and First Aid information. "The new log books are designed to appeal to all recreational fishermen, whether they seek marlin out on the drop or go for bonefish just off shore. The books are offered at no charge. All we ask in return is that fishermen share their records with us so we can gain more data on the status of the sportfish population." Each year, Americans spend nearly $10 million on toilet deodorizers. Air fresheners don't "freshen" air, they deaden your nasal passages or coat them with oil Some contain chemicals like xylene, ethanol, etc. Natural alternatives include herbal mixtures, vinegar and lemon juice, and water mixed with essentiAl nil~

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING... Can't decide what to get that special someone for Christmas this year? What about putting \ a whale on your Christmas list? " Unlike ties and toasters, this is the type of gift that your loved ones aren't likely to get two of! " Instead of gifting your friends and loved ones with the same old fruitcakes and argyle socks, consider gift giving with an environmental theme. Many organizations feature holiday gift ideas such as the "adoption" of endangered animals like whales, dolphins, or sea turtles. Rainforests or wetlands are also available for adoption, with proceeds goinf{ towardt: pret:crvaliolll:!forls fur lhl:$c arca:;. A ccrtificntc of adoption, newsletter, and bumper sticker are among the items you or your friends will rec~ive. Other groups feature greeting cards, stationery, and holiday gift wrap printed on recycled paper. For additional gift ideas and information on how to order these items, please contact Cathy Lawlor at the Division's St. Thomas office 775-6762. WHO'S WHO We begin our staff profile series with an interview with Ann Seiler, Director of the Division of Fish & Wildlife. Ann has been employed at the Division for nearly 9 years, beginning as a wildlife biologist. In recent years, she has been involved in studies of feral burros, rats, deer, and seabirds. Presently, her duties include the overall administration and coordination of the Division. She is responsible for grant applications, budget, and personnel. She is currently involved in a project to install kestrel nesting boxes at locations around the islands. Due to loss of habitat, many species of local birds do not have safe nesting sites. The nesting boxes have been successful in other areas, and Seiler has hopes that they "rill aid in increasing the kestrel population here in the Virgin Islands. Another current goal is to coordinate the installation of Fish Attracting Devices offshore. The devices, referred to as FADs, provide a habitat for small baitfish, which in turn attracts pelagic fish looking for a meal. This is one of the many projects the Division is involved in to enhance and restore our coastal fisheries. Ann and her husband Chris are busy putting finishing touches on their new cottage, which they built themselves. When she isn't painting, varnishing, or building porch railings, Ann enjoys SCUBA diving, writing, or spending time With her numerous pets. ~ CZlOTt FILM CREW VISITS ISLANDS The Children's Television Workshop (producers of Sesame Street, 3-2-1 Contact, etc.) were recently on St. John and the BVI filming segments for an interactiveeducational video. The video will be used in second grade classrooms across the U.S.. It will allow students to walk down a tropical beach, or explore a coral reef, and focus on individual animals or habitats for study. We hope that schools in the Virgin Islands will be able to obtain and use this type of educational experience. ":.~'\Sll &: ~~ P ~~ r 'ii\ /. ~ (J ;;I ~R"'-'{\.o~ Henry David Thoreau ~ ~ MY.ed ~ ?~1~ ()rY ~c!ed~ -f,. 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 CHARLOTTE AMALIE, V. PERMIT NO. 35 GOVERNMENI' OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNn"ED STA1ES ****** Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife 101 EstateNazareth St. Thomas, USVI 00802 (809)775-6762 (ST.T.), (809)772-1955 (ST.X.) Address CoITection Requested "What good is a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"