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“To discover nature and increase and inspire the general knowledge, awareness and education of residents and visitors regarding the uniqueness and diversity of the Virgin Islands environment and the impact of human use”.
DID YOU KNOW?Rats and mice were introduced to the Virgin Islands by European ships. Prior to Columbus, bats and humans were the only mammals present. Newly published research in Nature: International Journal of Science suggests a strong link between invasive rat populations, sea birds and coral reef health. In the article “Seabirds enhance coral reef productivity and functioning in the … Continue reading →
The USVI Hurricane Recovery and Resilience (Resiliency) Task Force* will close the public comment period for its draft 2018 report on Monday, July 30, 2018. *EDITOR’S NOTE: The V.I. Government uses both the words ‘Resilience’ and ‘Resiliency’ interchangeably as the title of the hurricane task force. THIS IS NOT A PHISHING ATTEMPT BY A HACKER, IT IS DONE BY THE … Continue reading →
Bursatella leachii (Ragged Sea Hare) mating aggregation in Mandahl Bay Lagoon [Google Map: 18.360023, -64.894594 | Lat-Long: 18°21’36.1″N 64°53’40.5″W].FILMED OBSERVATION PERIOD: 1:30am – 2:30am AST, July 11, 2018.Visual no-touch identification of sea hares subject to verification. Individuals seemed to be young adults/late adolescents ranging in size from 1.5 inches to three inches. Behold, the mighty Ragged Sea Hare of Mandahl … Continue reading →
Wild Window – Whales from Howard Hall on Vimeo. Whales is one of five hour-long “ambience” videos created as part of our Wild Window Series. Wild Window was originally created to demonstrate Sony 4K technologies and was later available on Amazon Prime. The videos were intended as background art to be displayed on large high-resolution televisions. For those interested in … Continue reading →
2017 Reduced Landings Trend Continues … Image Courtesy of NOAA Atlantic Swordfish Landings Update:Commercial and RecreationalJanuary 1 – June 30, 2018 The table below provides preliminary landings estimates and remaining quotas as of June 30, 2018, for the Atlantic swordfish fisheries for the 2018 fishing year. We estimate landings using commercial dealer reports and reports by anglers in the HMS … Continue reading →
Some of the US Navy Glider FleetPhoto Credit: Jennifer Ervin, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service FLEET OF OCEAN GLIDERS COMING TO THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS Data-collecting underwater drones will support improved hurricane forecasting. Ocean gliders will be plying the waters of the US Virgin Islands this summer to help improve the ocean models used by the US National Oceanic and … Continue reading →