DPNR Distributing Commercial and Recreational Fisher Safety Kits During May

Division of Fish and Wildlife

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) – Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) will be distributing the remaining safety equipment kits for commercial and recreational fishers during May.

Fishers in the St. Croix District can call 773-1082 to make an appointment to pick up their safety kit if they have not already done so.  Fishers in the St. Thomas – St. John District can pick up their safety kit from 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the DFW Office in Red Hook.

“As the effects of COVID-19 continue to increase in the states, we want our local fishers to be equipped to interact safely with the customers and the general public in the event of a surge of cases in the territory,” DPNR Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol said.

This safety kit distribution follows the distribution of kits to registered and licensed commercial fishers earlier this year in the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John districts.

All fishers or persons in the fishing industry are invited to pick up a safety kit while supplies last. Each package includes 2x4s, plexiglass, masks, gloves, a life vest, a first aid kit and whistles.

Supplies are a result of a federal CARES Act 2.0 disaster grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) associated with the COVID-19 pandemic to provide direct assistance to participants in the fishing industry, including licensed and registered commercial and charter fishers, as well as fishing-dependent businesses.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife on St. Thomas at 775-6762 or 773-1082 on St. Croix.