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TROPIC N


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DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE


March 1998


Scientists Discover New Life Forms
During Caribbean Expedition

A team of U.S. and Cuban scientists has
discovered dozens of new species of marine
invertebrates in the
shallow waters off
iI Cuba. The expedi-
tions, which are part
of the Center for
Marine
Paraimene ibarzabalae, Conservation's
one of the new species (CMC) Caribbean
discovered on a CMC expedi- Biodiversity Pro-
tion. gram, are aimed at
Drawing by Marilyn filling in the major
gaps in our knowl-
edge about the region's biota, which is the
richest in the entire Atlantic Ocean Basin.
Fifteen of the newly discovered species are
members of the Amphipoda, a group of shrimp-
like crustaceans. The fact that it's still possible
to gain such a large increase in knowledge
about a marine fauna, especially in shallow
water, is an indication that we are still at the
very beginning of the exploration of Caribbean
biodiversity.
Dr. Manual Ortiz, of the Center for Marine
Research in Havana says, "Based on what we
know so far about the marine species in the
eastern end of Cuba, we should expect to dis-
cover at least 25 to 30 percent more new spe-
cies as we continue the coastal inventory."
The expedition also resulted in the discovery
often new species ofisopods, another group of
crustaceans. It is believed that the Cuban
platform will be a critical area for the conser-
vation of unique forms of marine life.
It is chilling to realize that as fast as we are
discovering new marine species, they could be
disappearing. CMC's goal is not only to un-
cover the wealth of marine life, but to provide
the information to help insure that those spe-
cies survive beyond the moment of discovery.
Article excerpted from CMC, Vol. 9, No. 3 written by Dr.
Michael L. Smith


Volume 10 Number 6


I


Earth/Ocean Day 1998

The De-
partment of
Q>S Planning and
Natural Re-
Ssources' Coastal
Zone Manage-
19 'ment Outreach
98 Program and
N the Division of
S N O Fish and Wild-
life Environ-
mental Education Program in collaboration
with the University of the Virgin Islands Ma-
rine Advisory Service is hosting a Earth/Ocean
Fair. The Earth Day Fair will be held on
Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at Emancipation
Garden from 9:00 am 4:00 pm. Everyone is
invited to come out and view the interesting
displays.
This year's Earth/Ocean Day Activities will
focus on the fact that 1998 has been desig-
nated, "The International Year of the Ocean"
(YOTO) by the United Nations. YOTO provides
an opportunity for governments, schools, orga-
nizations and individuals to raise public
awareness about the role the ocean plays in
our lives, and to initiate changes needed to
sustain the marine resources on which we
depend.
Thank you in advance for making Earth/
Ocean Day '98 a success. If you should have
any questions regarding the fair, please con-
tact Lillian Moolenaar at 774-3320 ext. 5117 or
Donna Griffin at 775 6762.


Quote
"Despite a century of propaganda, conserva-
tion still proceeds at a snail's pace; progress
still consists largely of letterhead pieties and
convention oratory."
-Aldo leopold


PARTNM.JT







National
Fishing Week

Tens of thousands of
D people across the country will
participate in thousands of
ATIONAL FISHINWEEK events and activities orga-
kMAY30-JUNE 7998 nized in conjunction with this
S~ sy ie 7 year's National Fishing Week
MAY 30 through JUNE 7,
1998. World Champion ten-
nis player and avid fisherman, Michael Chang
serves as this year's Honorary Chairman.
Here's some interesting facts which you might
not have known about fishing:
1 out of 4 Americans participate in sport
fishing.
1 out of 3 anglers are females.
Fishing is the second most popular outdoor
recreational activity only to swimming.
85 percent of the people who fish started
before their 13th birthday.
More than 500,000 people participate in more
than 2,000 National Fishing Week events.
There are no physical, financial or mental
barriers to fishing.
Recreational fishing stimulates nearly 30
billion dollars in economic activity each year.
There is a fishing opportunity on public land
within one hour of your home.
Locally there are no special fishing events
scheduled for National Fishing Week. National
Fishing Week is a program administered by the
American Sportfishing Association and funded in
part through grants from the Sport Fish Restora-
tion Program and federal land management agen-
cies.


Tournament Schedule


The month of April kicks off the beginning of the
summer fishing tournament season. The Division of
Fish and Wildlife has been contacted by the coordi-
nators of the following events to act as weigh mas-
ters and collect important information which is
used in the management of the local fisheries.


Dolphin


19 April VI Game fishing Club


Mother's Day 17 May


Comm. for the Betterment of
Carenage (CBC)


Father's Day 14 June CBC


July Open
AYH
Governor's Cun


Bastille Day 12 July


USVI Open


3-5 July VI Gamefishing Club
11-13 July American Yacht Harbor


Northside Sportfishing Club


4-9 August BovScouts


St. Croix Golden Hook TBA


Wahoo


TBA Novembe


St. Croix Chamber of Commerce
r VI Gamefishing Club


We especially encourage children to participate
in the children segment of the July Open scheduled
for July 5 and the Boy Scouts Handline Tourna-
ment in August. This is a great opportunity for
young children to experience the thrill of the second
most popular outdoor sport. For more information
on tournaments call Sheri Maidment-Caseau at
775 6762.

t ,& 4 This newsletter was funded by the US
-W' Fish and Wildlife Service, Sport Fish and
Wildlife Restoration Acts, the Caribbean
S Fishery Management Council and the
Government of the VI.
Donna M. Griffin Editor
RalfH. Boulon Jr CIhipfnofEn.vironm n a! Edc r,- n


GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
OF THE UNITED STATES
******
Department of Planning and Naturil 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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_. I ",. } :; .1 ~" ;.' U;,~' ~:',.:":,, DIVISION OF FISH AND WII~DLIFE March 1998 Volume 10 Number 6 Scientists Discover New Life Forms During Caribbean Expedition Earth/Ocean Day 1998 ~Tl-I:t:'~ 0 "" f 19 ~ The Department of Planning and Natural Resources' Coastal \ Zone Manage9 s ment Outreach Program and the Division of "" -.L ~ ... Fish and Wildlife Environmental Education Program in collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service is hosting a Earth/Ocean Fair. The Earth Day Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at Emancipation Garden from 9:00 am 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited to come out and view the interesting displays. This year's Earth/Ocean Day Activities will focus on the fact that 1998 has been designated, "The International Year of the Ocean" (YOTO) by the United Nations. YOTO provides an opportunity for governments, schools, organizations and individuals to raise public awareness about,the role the ocean plays in our lives, and to initiate changes needed to sustain the marine resources on which we depend. Thank you in advance for making Earth/ Ocean Day'98 a success. If you should have any questions regarding the fair, please contact Lillian Moolenaar at 774-3320 ext. 5117 or Donna Griffin at 775 6762. 1 ~a ~ '" Paraimene ibarzabalae, ' l one of the new species discovered on a CMC expedi 'tion. Drawing by Marilyn Quote A team of U.S. and Cuban scientists has discovered dozens of new species of marine invertebrates in the shallow waters off Cuba. The expeditions, which are part of the Center for Marine I Conservation's , (CMC) Caribbean Biodiversity ProI gram, are aimed at . . filling in the major gaps in our knowledge about the region's biota, which is the' richest in the entire Atlantic Ocean Basin. Fifteen of the newly discovered species are members of the Amphipoda, a group of shrimplike crustaceans. The fact that it's still possible to gain such a large increase in knowledge about a marine fauna, especially in shallow water, is an indication that we are still at the very beginning of the exploration of Caribbean biodiversity. Dr. Manual Ortiz, of the Center for Marine Research in Havana says, "Based on what we know so far about the marine species in the eastern end of Cuba, we should expect to discover at least 25 to 30 percent more new species as we continue the coastal inventory." The expedition also resulted in the discovery often new species ofisopods, another group of crustaceans. It is believed that the Cuban platform will be a critical area for the conservation of unique forms of marine life. It is chilling to realize that as fast as we are discovering new marine species, they could be disappearing. CMC's goal is not only to uncover the wealth of marine life, but to provide the information to help insure that those species survive beyond the moment of discovery. Article excerpted from CMC, Vol. 9, No.3 written by Dr. Michael L. Smith "Despite a century ofpropoganda,conservation still proceeds at a snail's pace; progress stil1..consists largely of letterhead pieties and convention oratory." -AIdo leopold

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Tournament Schedule National Fishing Week The month of April kicks off the beginning of the summer fishing tournament season. The Division of Fish and Wildlife has been contacted by the coordinators of the following events to act as weigh masI t~rs ~nd collect import~nt information whi~h is used ill the management of the local fishenes. XA.llONAL FISHING WEEK ~Uy 30 JUNE 7. 1998 Dolphin 19 April 17May VI Game fishing Club Mother's Day Comm. for the Betterment of Carenage (CBC) Father's Day 14 June CBC Ju1y Open 3.5 July VI Gamefishing Club 11.13 July American Yacht Harbor AYH Governor's CUD Bastille Day 12 July Northside Sportfishing Club USVI Open 4-9 August BovScouts St. Croix Golden Hook TBA St. Croix Chamber of Commerce Wahoo TBA November VI Gamefishing Club We especially encourage children to participate in the children segment of the July Open scheduled for July 5 and the Boy Scouts Handline Tournament in August. This is a great opportunity for young children to experience the thrill of the second most popular outdoor sport. For more information on tournaments call Sheri Maidment-Caseau at 775 6762. Tens of thousands of people across the country will participate in thousands of events and activities organized in conjunction with this ~~ ~ year's National Fishing Week . . MAY 30 through JUNE 7, 1998. World Champion tennis player and avid fisherman, Michael Chang serVes as this year's Honorary Chairman. ' Here's some interesting facts which you might not have known about fishing: . 1 out of 4 Americans participate in sport fishing. . lout of 3 anglers are females. . Fishing is the second most popular outdoor recreational activity only to swimming. . 85 percent of the people who fish started before their 13th birthday. . More than 500,000 people participate in more than 2,000 National Fishing Week events. . There are no physical, financial or mental barriers to fishing. . Recreational fishing stimulates nearly 30 billion dollars in economic activity each year. . There is a fishing opportunity on public land within one hour of your home. Locally there are no special fishing events scheduled for National Fishing Week. National Fishing Week is a program administered by the American Sportfishing Association a~d funded in part through grants from the Sport Fish Restoration Program and federal land management agencies. ~\Sfi & ~ This newsletter was funded by the US p ~~ Fish and Wildlife Service, Sport Fish and g~;~iii ~ildlife Restoration Acts, th~ Caribbean .;.J!'i O~ Fishery Management CouncIl and the ~.fbRA.~ Government of the VI. Donna M. Griffin Eliitor RaItH. Boulon Jr. Chief of Environmpnt"l F~11,."tinn BULK RATE U.S. POSTAGE PAID CHARLOTTE AMALIE, V.1 PERMIT NO. 35 GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITEP STATES ****** DepartI1lent of Planning and-Narur81 Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife 6291 Estate Nazareth 101 St. Thomas. USVI 00802-1104 (809)775-6762 (ST.T.), (809)772-1955 CST.X.) Address Correction Requested Trees were saved by printiriE! on recvclednaner