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BleachWatch has joined forces with the VI Hunt for Coral Disease and the USVI Coral Disease Advisory Committee to provide one place for divers and snorkelers to report any unhealthy corals. Rather than being its own database, BleachWatch data can be submitted directly to the coral health report. Check out the training presentation to learn more about bleaching and disease and how you can help.
Covering both ridgetops and reefs in St. John, the Virgin Islands National Park provides protection and preservation for birds, fish, corals and other marine life as well as 800 species of plants.
Located on the southeast end of St. Thomas, this reserve is home to significant coastal, marine, and fisheries resources including mangrove forests, salt ponds, seagrass beds, lagoons, coral reefs and cays.
Spanning twenty square miles of waters around St. John, the Coral Reef National Monument protects a large system of coral reefs as well as mangrove forests and seagrass beds.
First protected by Presidential proclamation in 1961, Buck Island and the surrounding reefs support a variety of native flora and fauna, nature trails above and below water, and white sand beaches.
In addition to the mangroves, estuaries, coral reefs and a submarine canyon, Salt River also hosts prehistoric and colonial era archaeological sites and ruins.
The first and largest territorial marine park, the St. Croix East End Marine Park protects 17 miles of coastline and the largest island barrier reef system in the Caribbean.
10 Things You can do for Coral Reefs
- Conserve EnergyConserve EnergyFossil fuel emissions contribute to global climate change and ocean acidification, so walk, ride your bike or ride the bus whenever possible! Use energy efficient
appliances and lightbulbs or consider alternative energy.
- Avoid harsh chemicalsAvoid harsh chemicalsEven if you don’t live near the ocean, rain can carry these and other runoff all the way to the sea, harming corals directly or spurring the growth of algae which can smother coral. Support local and organic agriculture to encourage natural alternatives.
- Get informed Get informedThe more you know the better you’ll be able to pass on the message. Tell your friends how important reefs are and how they can help.
- Shop wiselyShop wiselyAvoid buying coral as jewelry or décor.
- Don’t touch or anchor on the reefDon’t touch or anchor on the reefWhen boating, swimming, snorkeling or diving, don’t touch or anchor on the reef. Keep your fins and gear up off the bottom. Even stirred up sand can smother coral animals.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: especially plastics!Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: especially plastics!Cut down on what gets thrown away and properly dispose of trash when at the beach or on the water. Carry away what others leave behind.
- Choose sustainable seafoodChoose sustainable seafoodGet informed about what types of seafood are sustainable, in season and managed.
- Vote for conservationVote for conservationEncourage your government officials to protect coral reefs with effective management plans for our coastlines, fisheries, marine protected areas and more.
- Support conservation organizationsSupport conservation organizationsEither with your time or money – your contribution will make a difference!
- VolunteerVolunteerVolunteer to help with beach clean ups, wetland restoration, reef monitoring, coral restoration projects and more!