DPNR: Seven Beaches In The Territory Are Not Safe For Swimming Or Fishing
CHRISTIANSTED – The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said that seven beaches in the territory are not safe to swim or fish in.
Three of the beaches to avoid are in St. Croix and two each are around St. Thomas and St. John, according to DPNR.
On St. Croix, people are urged to avoid swimming in Cane Bay on the North Shore, Dorsch Beach in Frederiksted and New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta) near the Gallows Bay lagoon, DPNR said.
People should not swim or fish at Bolongo Bay Water Bay or Frenchman’s Bay in St. Thomas or Cruz Bay or Great Cruz Bay in St. John, the agency said.
The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Territory by sampling for Enterococci Bacteria and Turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:
DPNR performed water quality analysis at 33 designated beaches throughout the Territory during the week of February 15-19, 2016.
The following beaches meet water quality standards and ARE considered safe for swimming or fishing:
Stoney Ground, Pelican Cove (Cormorant), Princesse (Condo Row in Golden Rock), Protestant Cay, Shoys, Buccaneer, Rainbow, Grapetree Bay, Halfpenny, Chenay Bay, Cramers Park and the Frederiksted public beach
Sapphire, Linquist, Hull Bay, Magen’s Bay, Coki Point, Lindbergh Bay, Bluebeard’s, John Brewers Bay, Secret Harbor and Vessup Bay
Oppenheimer, Johnson Bay and Frank Bay
Dorsch Beach in Frederiksted on St. Croix
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