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DPNR Says Stench From Stinking Sargassum Forces Office Closure In St. Thomas Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said today that it is working to minimize the effects of the decomposing sargassum seaweed that has been impacting the Red Hook area on St. Thomas.

The excessive amount of decaying sargassum seaweed has caused the depletion of oxygen in the bay thus producing a rotten stench, DPNR Commissioner Dawn Henry said.

Due to the stench, the Division of Fish and Wildlife located in Red Hook will be closed today, Thursday May 10th.

Henry said she apologizes for “any inconvenience this may cause and anticipates normal office hours to resume on Friday, May 11.”


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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

1 Comment

  1. Local
    May 11, 2018 at 9:18 AM — Reply

    It’s just as inconvenient for the teachers and kids going to school across the street. And all the other people working in the area. How about tall the DPNR people lounging around out of sight get off their duffs and clear Vessup of the rotting sargassum?

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