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DPNR: Seven Beaches In The Territory Are Not Safe For Swimming Or Fishing

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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

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Dorsch Beach in Frederiksted on St. Croix

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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