Ocean Environment

CBCC had renowned photographer Steve Simonsen do an unedited video of a swim across Coral Harbor in the designated boat mooring area and in the footprint of the proposed large Summer’s End Group marina and also the coral reefs at Fortsberg and Penn Point. Underwater in Coral Harbor: Check out the Seagrass, Coral, Fish …

Current Citizen Science Activity to join: What is Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD?) Where has it been found in the USVI? Find out here, and learn how you can help monitor for SCTLD when diving or snorkeling.

CBCC works in many ways to protect our surrounding ocean waters and creatures – most importantly through all the water quality related work that is part of the Watershed Management Project.

CBCC also keeps abreast of, and sometimes assists with, important research on marine creatures, such as the live birth shark nursery in Coral Harbor, and sediment deposition studies. Here is one done by Trevor Browning and team that was able to track changes caused by Irma and Maria, because they had been in Coral Bay in August 2017, before the storms, and got funds to come back in November 2017. A unique study opportunity: //www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-43062-4

New study by Caroline Rogers published in August 2019:
Immediate Effects of Hurricanes on a Diverse Coral/Mangrove Ecosystem in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Potential for Recovery
Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, St. John

Here is Caroline S. Roger’s and Ann Tihansky’s post-hurricane analysis of the beginning recovery of the unique Hurricane Hole marine habitat: Hurricane Hole Coral after Irma Caroline lives in Coral Bay, is a long-time CBCC member and works for the USGS here, studying the corals in our marine environment.

In Summer 2018 and 2019, as Coral Bay’s ocean environment tries to recover from Hurricane Irma, Sargassum Seaweed is plaguing shorelines throughout the Caribbean. Learn all about it.

For many reasons, the ocean ecosystems in Coral Bay seem to be more diverse than is common in many places locally and elsewhere. Read this report of Coral Bay’s Marine Biodiversity:

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