Ocean Environment

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.

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, 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:

Coral Bay’s Marine Biodiversity