NOAA Funded Derelict Vessel Removal for Coral Bay
CBCC received $90,000 in grant funds from the NOAA Marine Debris Program and NOAA Restoration Center for a significant marine debris removal project in Coral Bay, St. John in 2014 to early 2016. The project focused on removing derelict vessels in Coral Harbor and cleaning up marine debris along shorelines, in mangroves and in the boat mooring areas. CBCC committed to providing in-kind services and funds for a total project value of nearly $140,000, and ultimately the value was much more. Coral Bay, particularly the “Inner Coral Harbor”, is an area that is a rich and diverse habitat of mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. It is an important nursery habitat for various species, some of which are threatened or endangered.
The removal of the marine debris in the harbor will help to alleviate the stress on this marine environment and preserve these habitats. This project removed approximately a dozen boats which have become derelict over the past 25 years, as well as considering several other measures aimed at the preservation and protection of the bay. The Coral Bay Yacht Club and the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park are both partners in this grant providing considerable in-kind volunteer hours of work. CBCC members also donated $7,700 in cash to complete this marine debris removal of old vessels.
See our project on NOAA’s website.