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DPNR, Friends Of East End Marine Park To Host Coral Nursery Tour @ Cramers Park

TEAGUE BAY — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces that the Division of Coastal Zone Management in collaboration with Friends of the St. Croix East-End Marine Park will host an educational snorkel tour to the East End Marine Park’s Demonstration Coral Nursery Site at Cramer’s Park on Friday, August 6th, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 3 p. m.

The demonstration nursery, installed in 2019 provides the public with the opportunity to experience a taste of coral restoration efforts taking place in the territory. Participants will learn more about coral gardening, the process of reef regeneration, and have a firsthand look at some of the organisms that call the adjacent coral reef and seagrass beds home.

Participants who wish to attend must be strong swimmers with the ability to swim 0.15 miles in open water conditions. Snorkel vests are required and will be provided; however participants are welcomed to bring their own.

Snorkeling gear can also be provided upon request with a 48-hour notice. This free educational event is restricted to participants ages 14 and up.

RSVP is mandatory. For additional information or registration please contact St. Croix East End Marine Park Environmental Outreach Coordinator Kelcie Troutman at or call (340) 718-3367.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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