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Beach Advisory for November 29 – December 3

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Nov. 29 – Dec. 3, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Red Hind Spawning Aggregation Area at Lang Bank Closed to Fishing Beginning Dec. 1

No harvest of any species is permitted within the delineated boundary of the Red Hind Spawning Aggregation Area from Dec. 1, 2021 until Feb. 28, 2022.

EPA Announces Appointment of Lisa Garcia as Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2

Lisa Garcia will lead the implementation of the Biden-Harris environmental agenda in N.J., N.Y, Puerto Rico, the U.S.V.I. and eight Indian nations.

Beach Advisory for November 1-5

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 30 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of November 1 – November 5, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:
Magens Bay mangroves at sunset.

Deadline is Nov. 15 for Environmental Leadership Award Nominations

The deadline for nominations for the Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award, established to acknowledge individuals age 30 and younger who have displayed both exemplary and sustained leadership on behalf of the environment in the insular Caribbean, is Nov. 15.

Queen Conch Season Reopens to Fishing on November 1

Harvesting of queen conch is allowed from November 1, 2021, and will remain open until midnight, May 31, 2022,
Magens Bay as seen Saturday from Drakes seat. (W. Bostwick photo)

Magens Bay Authority Seeks to Fill Board Vacancy

The Magens Bay Authority has begun the process of filling the vacancy left on the board by the passing of Elliott Davis on Sept. 11, it announced in a news release on Tuesday. 

DPNR Offers Consultation on How to Protect Sea Turtles Using Friendly Lighting Near Beaches

Bright lights from buildings can confuse and disorient the turtles, which makes them crawl away from the water and into possible danger, such as busy roads.

NOAA Gives Grant to Study Harmful Impact of Macroalgal Blooms in Caribbean

“The frequency and magnitude of sargassum blooms continue to increase. This funding will support research to examine how sargassum blooms impact multiple dimensions of social resilience..."

Energy Office Notifies Businesses of Required Applications for Rebate Program

The V.I. Energy Office will only accept and process rebate applications from local businesses that provide a copy of their current business license, IRS W 9 form and products list.