Stony coral tissue loss disease. Image: via US NOAA
Biodiversity
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Stony coral tissue loss disease spreads through the northern Caribbean

In recent weeks both St. Maarten and the US Virgin Islands have reported cases of stony coral tissue loss disease. The first incidence of stony coral tissue loss disease was recorded in 2014 in Miami-Dade county in Florida, and the disease has since spread south through the Florida Keys. Outbreaks …

Barbados beach. Image: Ben Geach.
Oceans

Coral reefs worth billions to the Caribbean tourism industry

According to a recent study by the Nature Conservancy, coral reefs contribute over US$7.9 billion annually to the Caribbean economy through tourism. This represents 23% of all tourism expenditures and more than 10% of the region’s GDP. The study, which was supported by JetBlue, the World Travel and Tourism Council, …

Eleuthera, the Bahamas. Image: Cameron Khan
General
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Green Antilles link roundup: December 9, 2018

Bahamas committed to marine protection goals — The Bahamas remains committed to setting aside 20 percent of its territorial waters as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2020, a Cabinet minister has confirmed. … “This would represent 43 newly-proposed marine protected areas, covering more than 8.1m acres of clear, blue ocean.” Caribbean urged …

Plastics for recycling. Image: Lisa.
Solid waste

Private sector promotes recycling in the USVI

The St. John Source reports on how one business in the US Virgin Islands is partnering with non-governmental organisations and concerned citizens to encourage recycling:  When Plaza Extra owner Wille Hamed moved to St. Thomas from St. Croix in 1993, the Bovoni landfill was flat. “Now it’s 2018, and the …

Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
Opportunity

Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund invites applications for 2018 funding

Media release —  The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) announces the availability of funding to support studies and activities that address environmental concerns that transcend the boundaries of any single island or island state in the insular Caribbean. Funded through the Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund at …

USVI coral reef. Image: NOAA CCMA Biogeography Team
Biodiversity

Vacancy: University of the Virgin Islands Marine Biological Restoration Technician

The University of the Virgin Islands is inviting applications for a position in their coral reef restoration and research programme: Under the direction of the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) and UVI’s coral health ecologists provides technical support for coral reef restoration and coral reef ecological research activities …

Oil refinery, St. Croix, USVI. Image: via Caribbean News Now
Oil and gas

USVI Governor signs deal to reopen oil refinery

The island of St. Croix was once home to one of the largest oil refineries in the world. The refinery was closed in 2012, but plans are afoot for it to be refurbished and for oil refining operations to restart on St. Croix as early as 2019: US Virgin Islands …