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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources said that the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library on St. Thomas will be closed today.  The A/C Unit at the Library is currently being worked on and contractors anticipate work should be completed by later today.  Commissioner

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CHRISTIANSTED — 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:   

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources is pleased to announce that the Division of Fish and Wildlife has started the BOATING AND ANGLING INFORMATION TRIAL (B.A.I.T.), a fourteen-month research study on vessel activity. The study is funded by the National Oceanic

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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

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces to the public that the annual queen conch season began on Monday for the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John Districts. Harvesting of queen conch is allowed from November 1 and will remain open

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CHRISTIANSTED — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources invites the public to join in spreading awareness of local bats in the Virgin Islands during Bat Appreciation Month, celebrated nationally throughout the month of October.   “Many people may think of bats as blood-sucking, rabies-inducing

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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 session of Astronomy by the Sea on Saturday, October 9th at Estate Great Pond Park

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — In a surprise move, DPNR Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol suddenly lifted a 20-year-old moratorium on new commercial fishing licenses, leaving fishers stunned and concerned that federal regulators could cut seasons short or restrict fishing grounds altogether if annual catch limits are exceeded. “DPNR is excited about lifting the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two beaches on two islands failed water quality resting and should be avoided this weekend, Water Bay on St. Thomas and Cruz Bay on St. John exceeded “the established Enterococci Bacteria threshold and therefore are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing,” DPNR said today.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources alerts the community that DPNR offices on St. Thomas located at the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library will be closed to the public next week from today to Wednesday, September 8th to facilitate the department’s relocation.

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