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TR OPIC NEWS


DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND NATURAL
RESOURCES


April 1996


DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE


Volume a Numberf7


Make every day "Earth Day"

Earth Day originated in the early 1970's as a
means of bringing national attention to the issue of
ecology and the need to preserve the earth's natu-
ral resources.
The event is nationally observed. Many well-
known celebrities are very active in Earth Day
% activities. Global issues such as the
destruction of tropical rain
forest, ozone depletion, and
the pollution of our oceans
are addressed.
Earth Day 1996 will be
C celebrated with a range of
-.. activities territory wide
S.(during the month of April.
SCelebrating for one day
and talking about the earth's
problems aren't going to be enough to
turn things about. We need to make environmen-
tally minded decisions every day of the year.
The Earth Works Group's handbook Fifty
Simple Things You Can Do To Save The Earth"
offers the following suggestions:
Stop junk mail. About 100 million trees a year
could be saved if we reduce the amount of un-
wanted mail we receive.
Use a "clean" detergent. Choose phosphate
free products, and use a little less detergent than
the manufacturers recommend.
Snip Six-pack rings. These last many years
and are hazardous to fish, birds, and other wildlife.
Switch to rechargeable batteries. When dispos-
able batteries decay, they release heavy metals
such as mercury and cadmium into the soil.
Choose paper products over styrofoam.
Reuse your shopping bags.
Maintain your car. Make sure your tires are
properly inflated it will make them last longer.
Keep fuel filters clean, and keep your car tuned up.
This helps reduce gasoline consumption by up to
9%.
Aerate your faucets. Aerators reduce the
water volume but increase the pressure. Install a
displacement bag in your toilet tank to conserve
water.
Support recycling in your community. Buy
recycled nrnducts.


Species of the month
Oreaster reticulatus: 'The 'West Indian Sea Star
Asteroids have long been known as starfish, but
FiveArms the more modern
Sand appropriate
.common name is
Ssea stars. The
Arms merge ~2West Indian sea
althainin ii ... sLar is the largest
Central Disk / and most massive
of the seastars
occurring in the
region. It is the
SEA STAR
commonest, most
spectacular sea star of sandy areas and Turtle
Grass beds. It is usually found in shallow water,
generally less than 15 m.
0. reticulatus has four to seven arms which
are broad with numerous blunt spines on the upper
surface. The arms are triangular, merging at the
base into the central disc. Broken arms can be
regenerated, and in a few species a new animal can
form from a severed arm. The mouth is located
centrally on the undersurface, with the anus on the
top. Two or four rows of tube feet, tipped with
suction discs, extend from the mouth down each
arm. The W.I. seastar occurs in various colors,
including olive green, yellow, brown and reddish
brown. The maximum size is about 50 cm in diam-
eter.



1996 Tournament Schedule
Fishermen, get ready for the 1996 Tournament
Season due to start next month. Best of luck to all
participants!

VI Gamefish Club Dolphin 14 April
Frenchtown Mother's Day 5 May
Frenchtown Father's Day 9 June
July Open 5-7 July
Northside Fishing Club Bastille Day Cancelled
American Yacht Harbor Bill Fish 25-28 July
USVI Open Boy Scout 24-29 August
September Moon Classic 31 Aug-3 Sept.
St. Croix Golden Hook 26-29 Sept.


Schedule as of 3/13./96 and subject :r


LL r






Whelk season closed


Whelk harvesting season runs from October 30
through March 30 each calendar year. The closure
of the season allows the whelk population to ma-
ture and reproduce for a period of time without
disturbance from poachers. During the closure
period it is illegal to harvest, sell or possess whelk
caught in our local waters.


West Indian Top Shell
Cittarium pica


The West Indian Top-shell is a medium sized,
marine gastropod which lives in the intertidal zone
of exposed or partly sheltered coastlines, and
grazes on algae. Besides the octopus, porcupine-
fish, and wrasses, humans are the whelk's main
predator.
It takes 5 1/2 years for a whelk to reach average
adult size. The legal size to take whelks is 2.7/16"
(6.2cm). The maximum known movement for a
whelk was 150 feet in 6 months. Whelks are more
active by night than by day. The slow growth rate
and low mobility coupled with high demand and
economic value make this species highly vulner-
able to overfishing.

Trees were saved by printing on recycled paper


Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Products

The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Federal Aid
Pumpout Grant Program is administered by the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Federal
Aid. The Program will award $40 Million over 5
years to States to install pumpout and pump sta-
tions for boaters' disposal of human waste in an
environmentally safe manner. The Program in-
cludes funding to State agencies for educational
materials.
The funding comes from the Sport Fish Restora-
tion Account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund,
referred to as the Wallop-Breaux Fund. That fund
results from a 10% excise tax on fishing equipment
and a 3% tax on electric trolling motors and sonar
fish finders, a portion of the Federal fuels tax, and
import duties on fishing tackle and pleasure boats.
Currently, the Reference Service has 40 CVA
products and expects to maintain a clearinghouse
of approximately 300 products. The materials
submitted to FWRS will be made available, free of
charge, to DFW, Anyone interested in these mate-
rials should contact the Division. A bibliography
listing all CVA products will be available to all
interested parties free of charge.
For additional information on the Fish and Wildlife
Services' new clearinghouse, or the Clean Vessel Act Federal
Aid Pumpout Grant Program, contact Bob Pacific, USFWS,
Division of Federal Aid, Rm 140 ARLSQ, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr.,
Arlington VA 22203, phone: 703/351-1845, fax: 703/358-1837
or robert-pacific@mail.fws.gov.


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
6291 Estate Nazareth 101
St. Thomas, USVI 00802-1104
(809)775-6762 (ST.T.), (809)772-1955 (ST.X.)


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


Address Correction Requested


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Make every day "Earth Day" I~'" Snecies of the month -, OreasterretUuwtu.>; ~ West [naianSeaStar Asteroids have long been known as starfish, but Five Arms the more modern and appropriate common name is sea stars. The Arms merge CO West Indian sea al hiI~ intn ~Lar is the largest Central Disk and most massive of the seas tars occurring in the region. It is the SEA STAR commonest, most spectacular sea star of sandy areas aI1d Turtle Grass beds. It is usually found in shallow water, generally less than 15 m. O. reticulatus has four to seven arms which are broad with numerous blunt spines on the upper surface. The arms are triangular, merging at the base into the central disc. Broken arms can be regenerated, and in a few species a new animal can form from a severed arm. The mouth is located centrally on the undersurface, with the anus on the top. Two or four rows of tube feet, tipped with suction discs, extend from the mouth down each arm. The W.I. seastar occurs in various colors, including olive green, yellow, brown and reddish brown. The maxim um size is about 50 cm in diameter. ,..{ 1996 Tournament Schedule Fishermen. get ready for the 1996 Tournament Season due to start next month. Best of luck to all participants! Earth Day originated in the early 1970's as a means of bringing national attention to the issue of ecology and the need to preserve the earth's natural resources. The event is nationally observed. Many wellknown celebrities are very active in Earth Day activities. Global issues such as the d9Etruction of truj,Jil:alra1n forest, ozone depletion, and the pollution of our oceans are addressed. , Earth Day 1996 will be celebrated with a range of i activities territory wide during the month of April. Celebrating for one day and talking about the earth's --p-;
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Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Products Whelk season closed Whelk harvesting season runs from October 30 through March 30 each calendar year. The closure of the season allows the whelk population to mature and reproduce for a period of time without disturbance from poachers. During the closure period it is illegal to harvest, sell or possess whelk caught in our local waters. -"" West Indian Top Shell Cittarium pica The Clean Vessel Act (CV A) Federal Aid Pumpout Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Federal Aid. The Program will award $40 Million over 5 years to States to install pumpout and pump stations for boaters' disposal of human waste in an environmentally safe manner. The Program includes funding to State agencies for educational materials. The funding comes from the Sport Fish Restoration Account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, referred to as the Wallop-Breaux Fund. That fund results from a 10% excise tax on fishing equipment and a 3% tax on electric trolling motors and sonar fish finders, a portion of the Federal fuels tax, and import duties on fishing tackle and pleasure boats. Currently, the Reference Service has 40 CV A products and expects to maintain a clearinghouse of approximately 300 products. The materials submitted to FWRS will be made available, free of charge, to DFW, Anyone interested in these materials should contact the Division. A bibliography listing all CV A products will be available to all interested parties free of charge. For additional infonnation on the Fish and Wildlife Services' new clearinghouse, or the Clean Vessel Act Federal Aid Pumpout Grant Program, contact Bob Pacific, USFWS, Division of Federal Aid, Rm 140 ARLSQ, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203, phone: 703/351-1845, fax: 703/358-1837 or robert-pacific@maiI.fws.gov. The West Indian Top-shell is a medium sized, marine gastropod which lives in the intertidal zone of exposed or partly sheltered coastlines, and grazes on algae. Besides the octopus, porcupinefish, and wrasses, humans are the whelk's main predator. It takes 5 1/2 years for a whelk to reach average adult size. The legal size to take whelks is 2.7/16" (6.2cm) . The maximum known movement for a whelk was 150 feet in 6 months. Whelks are more active by night than by day. The slow growth rate and low mobility coupled with high demand and economic value make this species highly vulnerable to overfishing. Trees were saved by printing on recycled paper This news1etter was funded by the US Fish and Wi1d1ife Semce, Sport Fish and Wi1d1ife Restoration Acts, the Caribbean Fishery Management Counci1 and the C.overnment of the VI. BULK RATE U.S. POSTAGE PAID CHARLOTTE AMALIE, V.I. PERMIT NO. 35 GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES ****** Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife 6291 Estate Nazareth 101 St. Thomas, US VI 00802-1104 (809)775-6762 CST.T.), (8~)772-1955 (ST.X.) Addrcss Correction Rcqucsted