The Virgin Islands Resource Conservation and Development Council received an Outstanding Community Level Participation award at the 22nd Annual U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meeting in Puerto Rico last week. The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force award recognizes the contributions the council has made to the protection and the conservation of coral reef ecosystems. Council president Marcia Taylor explained that the council has a long history of helping to implement projects and programs that further the protection of the territory’s coral reefs and that it is energizing to have these efforts recognized. The organization’s goals are to enhance the quality of life for the people of the Virgin Islands through the conservation of natural and cultural resources.
Some of their projects include the development of a watershed management plan for Fish Bay, St. John; putting in place an implementation plan to mitigate erosion from East End Bay into the St. Croix East End Marine Park; organization of the bi-annual V.I. Non-point Source Pollution Conference; installing signage for the St. Croix East End Marine Park; and facilitating the St. Croix International Year of the Reef, Reef Jam, and various Friends of the St. Croix East End Marine Park initiatives. Recently, the council has received federal funding to implement management plans and restore habitats in three priority watersheds in the Virgin Islands— Coral Bay and Fish Bay on St. John and East End Bay on St. Croix.
For additional information about V.I. Resource Conservation and Development Council and its projects, see www.usvircd.org
For full report by Aldeth Lewin, see http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=17641105
Photo of Coral Bay, St. John from http://watersecretsblog.com/archives/2008/07/coral_bay_st_jo_1.html