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TROPIC NEWS


DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND NATURAL
RESOURCES


May 1996


DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Volume 8 Number 8


_______________________________ I ~ ~~ r~~~d


Dolphin Tournament

On Sunday, April
14, 1996, the Virgin
Islands Game Fish-
ing Club held the
First Annual Dolphin
Tournament at Latitude 18 on the east end of St.
Thomas. As a result of rough seas prior to the
tournament and low dolphin catches in the previ-
ous days the tournament rules were amended to
include Wahoo, Tuna and Kingfish. There were a
total of 34 fish weighed-in. Fourteen dolphins were
caught ranging in weight from 0.8 to 50.2 lbs. The
winning dolphin was a bull weighing 50.2 lbs.
Prizes were awarded to the largest fish in each
category. The fish weights were as follows:


1 Wahoo
4 Blackfin Tuna
12 Kingfish
3 Cero Mackerel


36.2 lbs
7.8 12.3 lbs
2.4 24.2 lbs
4.2 8.8 lbs


The number of participants was small due to the
foul weather but a fun time was had by all who
attended. Cash prizes, dinners and a variety of
other prizes were awarded to the winners. Mem-
bers of the Division of Fish and Wildlife staff
served as weighmasters and technical advisors.
The event was sponsored by Bellows International-
Tanqueray, Snapple & Coors Light, Offshore Ma-
rine Yamaha.


Environmental Education Workshop
On Wednesday, 22 May 1996 the Division of
Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and the UVI Marine
Advisory Service (VIMAS) will host a teachers'
workshop on Environmental Programs in the
Virgin Islands. This workshop will take place at
the Department of Education's Curriculum Center
from 5:30-7:30 P.M. The workshop's purpose is to
introduce teachers from the St.Thomas-St. John
District to the many environmental programs,
activities and information that various government
and nongovernmental organizations offer. A simi-
lar workshop was held for teachers on St. Croix in


1997 Year of the Reef
To publicize the need to learn more about reefs
and how to keep them alive, 1997 has been de-
clared the International Year of the Reef (IYOR).
The IYOR will be launched at the 8th International
Coral Reef Symposium to be held in Panama in
June.
IYOR will have a two-pronged approach: promo-
Lion of research and the development of public
awareness about coral reefs.
The scientific community will undertake coral
reef assessment, monitoring, and other research
aimed at creating a better understanding of the
condition of the world's reefs and how to keep them
alive.
Through the combined efforts of schools, govern-
ments, nongovernmental organizations, aquari-
ums, and others, IYOR will feature a number of
public awareness programs to highlight the value
of reefs and threats they face. In the United States,
public aquaria will use a coordinated curriculum
on coral reefs, as well as public events, including
an underwater photography exhibit and a poster
contest for children.
The scientific and public awareness efforts will
complement each other: scientific discoveries will
provide new information for public awareness
programs, and publicity and education campaigns
should lead to wider support for scientific work.
This information was taken from the Intercoast
Network Issue # 25 / Winter 1996. For more infor-
mation on IYOR contact: Stephen Colwell, the
Coral Reef Alliance, 809 Delaware St., Berkeley CA
947109. Tel: 510-528-2492. Fax: 510-528- 9317. E-
mail: CoralReefA@aol.com.


Quote
The environment is man's first right. Without a
safe environment, man cannot exist to claim other
rights, be they political, social, or economic.
Ken Saro-Wiwa
Niao'n n Tinmrnnmnnneol'o







National Fishing Week

Once again the nation will TAKE A
celebrate National Fishing Week FRIEND
in June. The event, slated for FISHING
June 3 through 9, is targeted to
increase awareness of the joys of
sport fishing and hands-on
aquatic resource education op-
portunities.
To help with the effort is NATIONAL
award winning cartoonist Jim FISHING WEEK
Davis and his lovable fat cat JUNE 3-9, 1996
GARFIELD! Together they serve .. .
as the National Honorary Chair-
man and Chaircat ? Davis and his pal Garfield,
enthusiastically accepted the role for a second year.
Supporting the promotional efforts, Davis is lend-
ing his talents and energy, while Garfield's univer-
sally recognized image adds humor and interest for
people of all ages.
Locally, we commend all efforts at increasing
awareness of our natural resources yet we don't
encourage large fishing events. The numbers of
marine fish have drastically decreased from
catches once enjoyed by our grandfathers. Over-
fishing and pollution are the chief culprits in our
present dilemma. It is in our best interest to invest
our energies in efforts to protect our marine envi-
ronment. Here are a few ideas:
promote sustainable use polices that balance
commercial, recreational and ecological values;
improve our understanding of fish and their
role in the marine environment; and
preserve coastal habitats and water quality.

Trees were saved by printing on recycled paper

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.)


Animal rights group to target
sport fishing

PHILADELPHIA The same group who
brought you blood-splashed furs and liberated
lobsters have trained their sights on a new target.
The fishing rod. And the hearts and hands
behind it.
The animal rights group People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) this summer will hit
coastal spots, lakes and fishing holes around the
country, beating the waters for a ban on sport
fishing. PETA fish campaign coordinator Tracey
Reiman promised that protesters, accompanied by
6-foot mascot "Gill the Fish," will maneuver their
boats among fishing craft.
The animal rights movement has gained in-
creasing respectability since a 1984 raid on a
University of Pennsylvania lab where researchers
inflicted head injuries on baboons.
Even the Humane Society of the United States
criticizes PETA's anti-fishing campaign in a pub-
lished report as somewhat silly and possibly
counterproductive when the movement has so
many other priorities."
Reiman said the animal activist organization,
which has a worldwide membership of a half mil-
lion and a galaxy of celebrity supporters, turned its
attention to fishing because fish comprise prob-
ably the largest number of animals as a group to be
killed for food or fun."
Article by Gloria Campisi, Philadelphia Daily News.


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


Address Correction Requested


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DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE Volume 8 Number 8 Dolphin Tournament On Sunday, April' 14, 1996, the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club held the . First Annual Dolphin Tournament at Latitude 18 on the east end of St. Thomas. As a result of rough seas prior to the tournament and low dolphin catches in the previous days the tournament rules were amended to include Wahoo, Tuna and Kingfish. There were a total of 34 fish weighed-in. Fourteen dolphins were caught ranging in weight from 0.8 to 50.2 lbs. The winning dolphin was a bull weighing 50.2 lbs. Prizes were awarded to the largest fish in each category. The fish weights were as follows: 36.2 Ibs 7.8 12.31bs 2.4 24.2 Ibs 4.2 8.8 Ibs 1 Wahoo 4 Blackfin Tuna 12 Kingfish 3 Cero Mackerel 1997 Year of the Reef To publicize the need to learn more about reefs and how to keep them alive, 1997 has been declared the International Year of the Reef (IYOR). The IYOR will be launched at the 8th International Coral Reef Symposium to be held in Panama in June. IYOR will have a two-pronged approach: promotion of research and the development of public awareness about coral reefs. The scientific community will undertake coral reef assessment, monitoring, and other research aimed at creating a better understanding of the condition of the world's reefs and how to keep them alive. Through the combined efforts of schools, governments, nongovernmental organizations, aquariums, and others, IYOR will feature a number of public awareness programs to highlight the value of reefs and threats they face. In the United States, public aquaria will use a coordinated curriculum on coral reefs, as well as public events, including an underwater photography exhibit and a poster contest for children. The scientific and public awareness efforts will complement each other: scientific discoveries will provide new information for public awareness programs, and publicity and education campaigns should lead to wider support for scientific work. This information was taken from the Intercoast Network Issue # 25/ Winter 1996. For more information on IYOR contact: Stephen Colwell, the Coral Reef Alliance, 809 Delaware St., Berkeley CA 947109. Tel: 510-528-2492. Fax: 510-5289317. Email: CoralReefA@aol.com. (1;11 .4fIz: 4 ~ '~'I ,:vl '. ~ "'" ~ , .,..0. ) . , . '11The number of participants was small due to the foul weather but a fun time was had by all who attended. Cash prizes, dinners and a variety of other prizes were awarded to the winners. Members of the Division of Fish and Wildlife staff served as weighmasters and technical advisors. The event was sponsored by Bellows InternationalTanqueray, Snapple & Coors Light, Offshore Marine Yamaha. Environmental Education Workshop , ~.:..~1 !1 W.'2.:;\ On Wednesday, 22 May 1996 the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and the UVI Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) will host a teachers' workshop on Environmental Programs in the Virgin Islands. This workshop will take place at the Department of Education's Curriculum Center from 5:30-7:30 P.M. The workshop's purpose is to introduce teachers from the St. Thomas-St. John District to the many environmental programs, activities and information that various government and nongovernmental organizations offer. A similar workshop was held for teachers on St. Croix in Quote The environment is man's first right. Without a safe environment, man cannot exist to claim other rights, be they political, social, or economic. Ken Saro-Wiwa Ni(T~ri!=ln Rn,ri...nTlTnoTl+nl~,,+

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Animal rights group to-farg-er sport fishing ~~ National Fishing Week TAKE A FRIEND FISHING NATIONAL FISHING WEEK JUNE 3-9, 1996 m..PHILADELPHIA The same group who brought you blood-splashed furs and liberated lobsters have trained their sights on a new target. The fishing rod. And the hearts and hands behind it. The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PET A) this summer will hit coastal spots, lakes and fishing holes around the country, beating the waters for a ban on sport fishing. PET A fish campaign coordinator Tracey Reiman promised that protesters, accompanied by 6-footmascot "Gill the Fish," will maneuver their boats among fishing craft. The animal rights movement has gained increasing respectability since a 1984 raid on a University of Pennsylvania lab where researchers inflicted head injuries on baboons. Even the Humane Society of the United States criticizes PETA's anti-fishing campaign in a publishedreport as " somewhat silly and possibly counterproductive when the movement has so many other priorities." Reiman said the animal activist organization, which has a worldwide membership of a half million and a galaxy of celebrity supporters, turned its attention to fishing because " fish comprise probably the largest number of animals as a group to be killed for food or fun." Article by Gloria Campisi, Philadelphia Daily News. '"Once again the nation will celebrate National Fishing Week in June. The event, slated for June 3 through 9, is targeted to increase awareness of the joys of sport fishing and hands-on aquatic resource education opportunities. To help with the effort is award winning cartoonist Jim Davis and his lovable fat cat . GARFIELD! Together they serve L..s as the National Honorary Chairman and Chaircat ?! Davis and his pal Garfield, enthusiastically accepted the role for a second year. Supporting the promotional efforts, Davis is lending his talents and energy, while Garfield's universally recognized image adds humor and interest for people of all ages. Locally, we commend all efforts at increasing awareness of our natural resources yet we don't encourage large fishing events. The numbers of marine fish have drastically decreased from catches once enjoyed by our grandfathers. Overfishing and pollution are the chief culprit.s in our present dilemma. It is in our best interest to invest our energies in efforts to protect our marine environment. Here are a few ideas: promote sustainable use polices that balance commercial, recreational and ecological values; improve our understanding of fish and their role in the marine environment; and preserve coastal habitats and water quality. Trees were saved by printing on recycled paper t~~~ +r~1 ~ ~RA.'t'O BULK RATE U.S. POSTAGE PAID CHARLOTTE AMALIE, y, PERMIT NO. 35 GOVERNMENT OF mE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF mE UNITED STATES ****** Department of Plamling 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.) Address Correction Requested