CORAL BAY, ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — After a boat grounding, owners and volunteers often manage to refloat the vessel. But over the last 24 years, many vessels have been abandoned and currently pose a hazard within Inner Coral Harbor’s shallow waters. Removing these derelict vessels before strong storms will prevent them from battering the surrounding mangroves and marine habitat, and protect Coral Bay from damage.
With support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grant, the Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC), a non-profit organization committed to the healthy future of Coral Bay, adds the removal of up to 12 derelict vessels to their list of accomplishments. CBCC regularly engages the community in environmental education, infrastructure design, and environmentally-responsible land development and planning.
The marine debris removal and disposal in this project will work in concert with the progress CBCC has already made in its integrated solid waste management design that emphasizes reduction, reuse, and recycling. That planning project provides recommendations for the placement and removal of new and existing dumpsters. CBCC will also work with the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority to improve waste management practices and make recycling more efficient and convenient.
In addition to derelict vessel removal, this project involves volunteers in the removal of small and medium-sized debris, expands a marine debris reporting and reduction program, and conducts education activities focused on tourists, boaters, and shoreline restaurants to reduce land-based debris.
Read more about this project on the NOAA MDP Website: Coral Bay Community Council Removes Derelict Vessels in USVI