The Blue Flag Program aims at improving the environmental quality of beaches and marinas and the management of coastal areas in a holistic way.
In FY 2020, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) continued working in partnership with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the Caribbean Area (PR and USVI) despite hardships from earthquakes to COVID-19 to tropical storms.
While I was in New York City in September, there were a few nights when thousands of birds were expected to fly over on their way south – many of them heading towards the Caribbean. More birds than people it seems, as a number of islands are still not welcoming visitors.
Coral World’s dolphin welfare specialists often heard from guests during existing interactive dolphin programs that they would really like to see the dolphins swimming underwater.
The new reporting app allows users to submit anonymous tips about illegal or suspicious activity that could harm the Virgin Islands’ natural resources.
Together with last year’s batch, Island Green has kept a cumulative 25,000 lbs. of valuable aluminum from wasting away unused in the territory’s overflowing landfills.
This became extremely important when the U.S. Virgin Islands experienced a drought beginning in April that has not abated and continues with minimal relief.
Hiring a part-time executive director became essential to meet the needs of the Conservancy’s expanding operations, and Kauffman fit the role perfectly, especially since she had already been on the board for several years.
All around the Virgin Islands, especially on St. Thomas, the hills in summer are lit up by the brilliant glow of flamboyant trees – so bright that some people call them flame trees.
The territory’s coral reef is under attack by a new disease called the stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD), which is a highly lethal, rapid tissue loss disease that affects approximately half of all stony coral species in the U.S. Virgin Islands.