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Moonrise over Chocolate Hole

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Klein Bay

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Cruz Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant Suffers Problem
By Source Staff — April 16, 2014

The V.I. Waste Management Authority’s Cruz Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant is currently experiencing mechanical problems due to a breech in the main aeration line, the authority announced in a press release Tuesday.

The line breech is causing an inadequate flow of air to the process plant, which is generating the odor, the statement said. The VIWMA is working to repair the line so the plant can be restored to full operation, a job expected to be completed by Wednesday.

In the interim, odor control measures will be taken to reduce the impact to the community.

Residents with impacted immune systems or respiratory conditions are asked to avoid the area until the repairs have been made…. read more

New Ferries Still Not in Service
By Source Staff — April 16, 2014

In an update last week on the status of the new St. Thomas-St. John ferries, Transportation Services general manager Kenrick Augustus said that Cruz Bay I, the new ferry to be operated by his company, would undergo a final Coast Guard inspection Thursday, and likely go into operation Monday. On Monday, however, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Bryson Spangler said that Transportation Services had put off last week’s inspection until a later date because the company wasn’t prepared for the inspection…. read more

St. John man linked to deadly smuggling case
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
Published: April 15, 2014

ST. THOMAS – A St. John man who recently served time for smuggling illegal immigrants into the territory now has been tied to a human trafficking scheme that left eight people, including four children dead.…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
John Sutton
6:30
340-776-6378

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Pickles
Michael Beason Open Mic
6:00 – 9:00
340-776-6908

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
7:00 – 10:00
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 -9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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blue bell tunicates

Blue Bell Tunicates – photographed on the Trunk Bay Underwater Trail

tunicates and coralThese pretty blue creatures are blue bell tunicates. Like most of the creatures on the reef they are animals. They are found on the reef attached at one end to a substrate like corals, sea fans or rocks. On the other end they have a pair of openings or siphons. One takes in water, which is passed through the animal where oxygen and nutrients are extracted, the remainder being discahrged through the other siphon. They can quickly close off their siphons if they feel threatened.

St. John Events

St. John School of the Arts

Sis Frank Concert Series
A Night of Music, Dance & Drama
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $30.00

Performances by Eddie Bruce, Luba Dolgopolsky, Alesia Georgiou, Drapes Jensen, Shikima Jones, Jeune Provost, Abigail Rene, Kim Sammartano, Kazumi Schaub, Mike Sorzano, Kim Wild, Jude Woodcock and Special Guests!

Visit www.stjohnschoolofthearts.org for more information or call 340-779-4322

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
6:30 – 9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 9:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
340-776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

International News 2 charged with migrant smuggling in Virgin Islands April 14, 2014 22:29 GMT KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Two Haitian nationals have been arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands after being indicted on charges of conspiracy to smuggle migrants into the U.S. The U.S. Justice Department alleged Monday that the two suspects conspired with others to smuggle mostly Haitian migrants to the U.S. island of St. John in 2010. The attempt ended tragically when a boat carrying 33 migrants smashed into a reef while trying to evade authorities. At least four children and four adults died. Most of the passengers on the vessel were Haitians seeking a better life. The two Haitian men were allegedly waiting for the boat in St. John and communicating with their co-conspirators by phone. U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe says a grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against the men Friday….Read More

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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ParrotfishParrotfish have a series of individual teeth that fuse together to form what looks like a parrot’s beak, hence the name, parrotfish. They use their teeth to scrape the rocks and coral, digesting the algae and excreting the excess, which makes up much of the fine coral sand we find on St. John’s beaches. As the teeth wear away from such rough treatment they are replaced with more material keeping them sharp and strong.

The parrotfish in the photo is a supermale, which is a male that began life as a female.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
340-776 5336

Beach Bar
John Sutton
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Instrumental Jazz
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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flowers-9parrotIts springtime in the Virgin Islands and my mango tree is in the fullest bloom I’ve ever seen since it was planted some ten years or so ago. There are little baby mangoes and flowers all over the tree.

It’s a special tree. Anyone who knows about it will testify to the fact that it bears the best or t least one of the best mangoes on St. John.

This morning I hear something (someone?) high up in the tree branches and there is this parrot and its eating the baby mangoes, maldito loro! I hope its allergic.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren & Bo
3:30 – 6:30
340-776-5336

Asolare
David Laabs
5:30 -9:30.
340-779-4747

Beach Bar
John Sutton
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Bo
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
693-5855

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 7:00
340-714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Sambacombo
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
693-5244

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
7:00 – 10:00
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Model Airplane
7:00
340-779-4982

Sun Dog
The Sunday Night Jam
Hosted by Patrick and friends
Dinner from 5:30 Music from 7-10 pm
340-693-8340

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Trunk Bay Underwater Trail

St. John Live Music Schedule

Saturday 4/12

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Hudson & the Hoodoo Cats
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Brother Nature
340-777-3316

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Lauren
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck Landing
Tom Mason & the Blues Buccaneers
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00
340-779-4982

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Adult Parrotfish

Parrotfish are still plentiful on the reefs around St. John and that’s a good thing. These brightly colored fish are easy to identify because their teeth are tightly packed together and are on the outside of their jawbone giving them a parrot-like beak. It is this feature which enables the parrotfish to scrape algae off the of coral and rocks found on the reef. This process called bioeriosion has important benefits for the coral reef environment.

First, coral needs to have a clean place to grow. Rocks covered by algae would not be suitable for the beginning of new coral structures. Second, coral covered by algae could not survive and third, the scraped off algae passes through the parrotfishes’ digestive system and is excreted as sand, which comprises a good deal of the sand found on St. John beaches. One parrotfish can produce as much as 200 pounds of sand in a year.

Parrotfish in bagBefore parrotfish go to sleep, they secrete a mucus cocoon around themselves within which they spend the night.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Below Average Hurricane Season Predicted
By Lynda Lohr — April 11, 2014

There was good news Thursday from the Colorado State University hurricane prediction team. Researcher Phil Klotzbach said he thinks the upcoming season will see a below average number of storms.

“The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months, and the chances of a moderate to strong El Niño event this summer and fall appear to be quite high,” Klotzbach said in a press release issued Thursday. “Historical data indicate fewer storms form in these conditions.”

The team expects nine named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 and Nov. 30. Of those nine storms, researchers expect three to become hurricanes and one to reach major hurricane strength with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 4/11

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
John Sutton
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
340-777-3316

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
340-201-1236

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce
6:30 -8:30 – Drumming
340-776-6330

High Tide
Mikey P
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
340-776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Events

St. John Singers

St. John Concert
Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay
Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 76. East wind around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

 

 

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st john marine life: flamingo tongue

Flamingo Tongue Snail, (Cyphoma gibbosum)

I noticed this brightly colored creature attached to a sea fan while snorkeling at Hawksnest Bay. It’s a type of sea snail that feeds on sea fans and other gorgonia (so called soft corals) by scraping the polyps of the coral an activity not usually fatal to the host, which can regenerate lost polyps.

The colorful pattern on the outside of the shell are not an actual part of the shell but are a type of living tissue which covers the shell.

The bright and interesting patterns have resulted in a significant decline in their presence on popular snorkeling reefs, as snorkelers are prone to collect them, only to find later the patterns to disappear leaving a plain cream-colored shell.

St. John, Virgin Islands & Caribbean News

Puerto Rico probes darkening of Vieques bio bay
By Associated Press,

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Authorities in Puerto Rico announced Wednesday they are investigating why a glowing bay that attracts thousands of tourists a year has grown dark in recent weeks.

The popular Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques is considered one of Puerto Rico’s top attractions, and government officials say they are worried about the bay’s loss of bioluminescence….read more

Press Release Island Green Living Association

IGLA Launches Fundraising Campaign: Preserve St. John

The Island Green Living Association is proud to announce the launch of a major fundraising campaign in support of its mission to address environmental issues island-wide. The non-profit recently appointed Margaret Fitzsimons as Director of Sustainable Development to help with this effort.

Together with the board of directors and Executive Director Barry Devine, IGLA intends to undertake key initiatives that will more aggressively target issues of recycling, resource conservation, responsible building and living, and preservation of St. John’s natural environment

Collectively, the island’s residents, businesses, and more than 1 million visitors per year are utilizing St. John’s natural resources at a rate that poses a growing threat of degradation to the island. St. John faces unique economic, cultural, and environmental problems associated with its geography and tourism base; namely, tons of waste with little recycling, high energy and food costs, increasing pollution, decreasing land mass, and endangered wildlife. These are all key issues targeted in IGLA’s fundraising campaign, PRESERVE ST. JOHN.

As a non-profit organization, IGLA’s funding comes from members and generous donors. To date, public support has enabled IGLA to help St. John in many ways, and now more than ever, the non-profit needs financial support to reach higher and fund critical initiatives including island resource recovery, glass and aluminum can recycling, composting, green villa and green business membership programs, and green living education.

Contact Fitzsimons today at margaret@m-fitzsimons.com to be a part of PRESERVE ST. JOHN, and share IGLA’s mission with friends, family, neighbors, and visitors. With help from the public, IGLA can enable St. John to move toward a sustainable future and preserve the island for the continued enjoyment of all.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
7:00 – 9:00
340-693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4:30 – 6:30

340-693-5855High Tide
Erin Hart
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30 – 9:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-6800

Miss Lucy’s
Rich & Greg
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-5244

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Pickles
T-Bird
6:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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Egg Fruit

St. John Live Music Schedule

Wednesday 4/9

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
John Sutton
6:30
340-776-6378

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Pickles
Michael Beason Open Mic
6:00 – 9:00
340-776-6908

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
7:00 – 10:00
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 -9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

lionfish

Lionfish

Study Focuses on Lionfish Suppression Strategies
By Bill Kossler — April 9, 2014

Preliminary results of a new study at Buck Island suggest a tightly focused lionfish removal program may be able to preserve local fisheries from this voracious, exotic Asian predator that has spread explosively throughout the region….

…While lionfish have been in Florida for two decades, it was not until 2004 that one was spotted in the reefs of the Bahamas, said Lad Akins, director of operations for REEF. Now the invasive species is found from the coast of North Carolina to the cost of Paraguay and throughout the Caribbean. It has been found in all types of environments, from coastal mangroves to 1,000 feet deep. And in areas like the Bahamas where lionfish have spread unchecked, “you see up to a 95 percent reduction in fish biomass… read more

V.I. Police remain tight-lipped about years-old suspicious death on St. John
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
Published: April 8, 2014

ST. THOMAS – V.I. law enforcement officials are not releasing details about the death of a woman whose funeral service was held Monday, though she went missing more than two years ago.

However, the V.I. Attorney General’s Office said Monday that foul play was suspected in the death of 21-year-old Seara James.

James went missing Oct. 13, 2011, and slightly less than a year later, her skeletal remains were discovered in Estate Adrian on St. John, V.I. Police reported at the time…. read more

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East southeast wind 15 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Live Music Schedule

Tuesday 4/8

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
6:30 – 9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 9:00
340-714-6169

Steel Pan
6:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
340-776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

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St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 04/7

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
340-776 5336

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Instrumental Jazz
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind around 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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