USVI Water Bay and Coki Beach Cleanup Planned for Earth Day

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Coral World Ocean Park, Blue Flag USVI, the Virgin Islands Conservation Society – Smith Bay Watershed Project, The Smith Bay Community Action Foundation and community volunteers will join forces at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, in an Earth Day event and cleanup at Coki Point and Water Bay, The St Thomas Source reports. This year’s theme is “Trees for the Earth” focusing on the importance vegetation in watershed management and conservation. Educating the community about how people’s activities on land directly affect water quality in the sea around the V.I. is one way people can help to improve water quality and preserve a marine-based tourism economy.

There will be three simultaneous land and in-water cleanups, and the first 30 participants will get a free admission pass to Coral World.

First area – Water Bay – in water Volunteer divers and snorkelers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Coki Beach Dive Club, and available equipment will be provided free of charge. First-come, first-served

Second area – Coki Point Road and Mangrove

Third area – Coki Beach and Coki Point Land volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Coral World parking area; bring sun protection and gloves if possible; the rest will be provided.

Non cleanup participants are encouraged to join the park activities that day as well. Coral World will offer discounted admission: $5 for adults and $3 for children, with local ID During the daily exhibit presentations, organizers will help make the connection between watersheds and the impact they have on various topics, from turtles and sharks to mangroves and coral reefs.

Coki Beach Dive Club, Padi Gold Palm Resort, SDI Center and the Universal Referral Center offer quality scuba dive courses, guided dive tours for beginners and for certified divers, beach diving, boat diving and dive classes for kids. Coral World Ocean Park is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the ticket booth closes one hour prior to closing. Fun and interactive feeding presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

Anyone can participate in Earth Day. Those who want to get involved, please send an e-mail to Valerie Peters at marketing@coralworldvi.com

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