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TROPIC NEWS
APARTMENT OF PLANIN-t AND NATURAL DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
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January/February 2000


Fish Attracting Devices Deployed
Fishermen have known for a long time that
fish are attracted to floating objects. Scientists
hypothesize that baitfish are afforded some
protection and orientation by objects floating on
the surface. Larger fish are attracted to the
baitfish as a food source.
The U.S. Virgin Islands has a well developed
recreational fishing industry and the installation
of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) or fish buoys
could improve fishing success and increase local
interest in pelagic (oceanic) fisheries resources. In
the past, FADs have been constructed of materials
such as cork mats, bamboo rafts and floating logs


to catch pelagic fish.
In recent years, the
Division of Fish and
Wildlife has experimented
with FADS of different
materials and shapes
installed at different
locations. Success has
been limited due to their
deployment in relatively
shallow water.
The Division of Fish
and Wildlife deployed
three FADs in February
around St. Thomas/ St.
John to attract pelagic fish
such as wahoo, tuna,
dolphin, mackerel and
marlin. Each FAD consists
of a six foot diameter steel
ball, which has been
painted bright yellow and


Ught. Reflector


6 foot
diameter
bright
yellow
sphere
Attractors
-, made of
netting or
palm fronds
1000 .feet
of chain and
rope




4000 lb
concrete
anchor

Diagram of a FAD
not drawn to scale


fitted with lights, radar reflectors and day
markers. The FADs are anchored to the bottom
using heavy chain and rope and a 4000 lb concrete
anchor. Attractors such as green netting and palm
fronds have been placed below the surface to
attract and provide cover bait fish
The FADs are listed as aids to navigation
with the U.S. Coast Guard. The Division asks
boaters to not tie on to the FADs as this causes
undue stress to the chain, rope and connectors
which can result in loss of the FADs. Use of the
FAD as a mooring buoy can also break the radar
reflector and light, making the FAD susceptible


Volume 12 Number 1/2


II ii


to damage or loss by ship traffic. The FADs can be
fished by everyone. The best methods for fishing
around FADs are trolling and live bait fishing.
The coordinates for FADs are as follows:

FAD A Date installed February 11, 2000
South Drop Due south of Charlotte Amalie
Harbor
St. Thomas 18 10. 945'N
064' 55. 922'W
Depth installed: 1603 feet

FAD B Date installed February 17, 2000
North Drop Hole in the Wall
St. Thomas 18' 34.902'N
065' 03.627'W
Depth installed: 1077 feet

FAD C Date installed February 23, 2000
South Drop South of the Point
St. Thomas 18" 09.645'N
064' 45.327'W
Depth installed: 2,710 feet

Please include the letter of the FAD or its
location in your recreational fishing log or your
commercial catch records when you fish them.
Three FADs will be deployed around St.
Croix with the assistance of the Navy in mid April
2000.
We would to thank Lionel Olive, Jr., the
Department of Public Works, and Port Authority
for assistance with the deployment of the FADs on
St. Thomas. This project was made possible with
funding provided by the USFWS Sport Fish
Restoration Funds.
For additional information on FADs please
call either of our offices: St. Thomas 775-6762 and
St. Croix 772 1955.



Quote

"Teach your children what we have taught our
children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever
befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth....
Contaminate your bed, and you will one night
suffocate in our own waste."
Chief Sealth. 1 M4







Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
Wildlife Viewing Guide

The Division is pleased to announce its most
recent publication, Puerto Rico and Virgin
Islands Wildlife Vewing Guide. This guide
points the way to places where you can see wildlife
on the ground, in the air, and underwater through
out the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The guide
was authored by Dr. Dave Nellis, Chief of Wildlife
at the Division of Fish and Wildlife, to encourage
appreciation of the natural environment by Virgin
Islanders and to highlight our natural treasures to
visitors.
Contact your local bookstore to obtain a copy
of the viewing guide.




Note From The Editor

We are back! We apologize for the absence of
several issues of Tropic News.The recent departure
of the Chief of Environmental Education, Rafe H.
Boulon Jr., has left the Education Program with
one staff. My recent maternity leave as well as the
reduction in staff has thrown us off schedule. A
decision was made to continue with the January/
February issue rather than try to catch up on back
issues. So, if you keep up with our newsletter, this
will be the first issue of volume 12. Again we
apologize for any inconvenience. Please feel free to
contact us if you should have any questions
regarding environmental issues in the Virgin
Islands or have any suggestions for future issues.


For our readers who keep up with the local
weather, here's the temperature and rainfall
numbers for the months we missed.

September 1999 Redhook, St. Thomas
Temperature


Maximum
89.7F


Minimum
74.70F


Rainfall
6.67 inches


October 1999 Redhook, St. Thomas


Temperature
Maximum Minimum
86.90F 73.50F


Rainfall
8.2 inches


November 1999 Redhook, St. Thomas


Temperature
Maximum Minimum
87.40F 73.4F


December 1999 Redhook,
Temperature
Maximum Minimum
87.40F 71.20F


Rainfall
12.1 inches


St. Thomas

Rainfall
3.60 inches


January 2000 Redhook, St. Thomas
Temperature
Maximum Minimum Rainfall
87.40F 62.0F .43 inches


~ORA~C


This newsletter was funded by the US Fish
and Wildlife Service, Sport Fish and Wildlife
Restoration Acts, the Caribbean Fishery Man-
agement Council and the Government of the
VI. Donna M. Griffin Editor


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
(340)775-6762 (ST.T.), (340)772-1955 (ST.X.)


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


Address Correction Requested


Trees were saved by printing on recycled paper


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Volume 12 Number 1/2 J anuarylFebruary 2000 to damage or loss by ship traffic. The FADs can be fished by everyone. The best methods for fishing around FADs are trolling and live bait fishing. The coordinates for FADs are as follows: FAD A Date installed February 11, 2000 South Drop Due south of Charlotte Amalie Harbor St. Thomas 18" 10. 945'N 064" 55. 922'W Depth installed: 1603 feet FAD B Date installed February 17, 2000 North Drop Hole in the Wall St. Thomas 180 34.902'N 0650 03.627'W Depth installed: 1077 feet FAD C Date installed February 23, 2000 South Drop South of the Point St. Thomas 18. 09.645'N 064. 45.327'W Depth installed: 2,710 feet Fish Attracting Devices Deployed Fishermen have known for a long time that fish are attracted to floating objects. Scientists hypothesize that baitfish are afforded some protection and orientation by objects floating on the surface. Larger fish are attracted to the baitfish as a food source. The U.S. Virgin Islands has a well developed recreational fishing industry and the installation of Fish Aggregating DeVices (FADs) or fish buoys could improve fishing success and increase local interest in pelagic (oceanic) fisheries resources. In the past, FADs have been constructed of materials such as cork mats, bamboo rafts and floating logs to catch pelagic fish. In recent years, the Division of Fish and Ught. Reflector Wildlife has experimented with FADS of different materials and shapes installed at different locations. Success has been limited due to their Attractors d 1 . 1 . 1 madoof ep oyment In re atIve y netting or h 11 t palm frond, S a ow wa er. The Division of Fish .".., 1000+1881 d W ' ldli£ d 1 d of choin end an I e ep oye ropo three FADs in February around St. Thomas! St. John to attract pelagic fish such as wahoo, tuna, 4000 Ib dol p hin mackerel and concroto , onchor marlin. Each FAD consists of a six foot diameter steel D . f F 'A T'\ . lagram 0 a .M.J.J ball, whIch has been not drawn to scale painted bright yellow and fitted with lights, radar reflectors and day markers. The FADs are anchored to the bottom using heavy chain and rope and a 4000 lb concrete anchor. Attractors such as green netting and palm fronds have been placed below the surface to attract and provide cover bait fish The FADs are listed as aids to navigation with the U.S. Coast Guard. The Division asks boaters to not tie on to the FADs as this causes undue stress to the chain, rope and connectors which can result in loss of the FADs. Use of the FAD as a mooring buoy can also break the radar reflector and light, making the FAD susceptible Please include the letter of the FAD or its location in your recreational fishing log or your commercial catch records when you fish them. Three FADs will be deployed around St. Croix: with the assistance of the Navy in mid April 2000. We would to thank Lionel Olive, Jr., the Department of Public Works, and Port Authority for assistance with the deployment of the FADs on St. Thomas. This project was made possible with funding provided by the USFWS Sport Fish Restoration Funds. For additional information on FADs please call either qf our offices: St. Thomas 775.6762 and St. Croix 772 1955. Quote "Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth Contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in our own waste. " Chief SeR It.h. 1 RFiA.

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-~ For our readers who keep up with the local weather, here's the temperature and rainfall numbers for the months we missed. Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Wildlife Viewing Guide September 1999 Redhook, St. Thomas Tern perature Maximum Minimum Rainfall 89.7cF 74.7cF 6.67 inches October 1999 Redhook, St. Thomas Temperature Maximum Minimum Rainfall 86.9°F 73.5°F 8.2 inches November 1999 Redhook, St. Thomas Temperature Maximum Minimum Rainfall 87.4°F 73.4°F 12.1 inches The Division is pleased to announce its most recent publication, Puerto Rico and Virgin. Islands Wildlife Vewing Guide. This guide points the way to places where you can see wildlife on the ground, in the air, and underwater through out the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The guide was authored by Dr. Dave Nellis, Chief of Wildlife at the Division of Fish and Wildlife, to encourage appreciation of the natural environment by Virgin Islanders and to highlight our natural treasures to visitors. Contact your local bookstore to obtain a copy of the viewing guide. Note From The Editor December 1999 Redhookt St. Thomas Temperature Maximum Minimum Rainfall 87AoF 71.2°F 3.60 inches January 2000 Redhook, St. Thomas Temperature Maximum Minimum Rainfall 87.4°F 62.0°F .43 inches Weare back! We apologize for the absence of several issues of Tropic News. The recent departure of the Chief of Environmental Education, Rafe H. Boulon Jr., has left the Education Program with one staff. My recent maternity leave as well as the reduction in staff has thrown us off schedule. A descision was made to continue with the January/ February issue rather than try to catch up on back issues. So, if you keep up with our newsletter, this will be the first issue of volume 12. Again we apologize for any inconvenience. Please feel free to contact us if you should have any questions regarding envjronmental issues in the Virgin Islands or have any suggestions for future issues. ~S1i ~ ~ This newsletter was funded by the US Fish "" ~ L~ and Wildlife Service, Sport Fish and Wildlife ~~ t~~ Restoration Acts, the Caribbean Fishery Man~ o~ agement Council and the Government of the RA~ VI. Donna M. Griffin Editor 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, USVI 00802-1104 (340)775-6762 (ST.T.), (340)772-1955 (ST.X.) Address Correction Requested Trees were saved by printing on recycled paper