St. John Marine Life: Glassy Sweeper

St. John Sea Creatures: glassy sweeper
Glassy Sweeper

Glassy Sweeper (Pempheris schomburgkii)
You’ll find these fish is dark or shady areas such as in caves, under ledges, in nooks and crannies in the reef or between rocks. They travel in schools in shallow waters. When they’re young their bodies are almost transparent, so much so that you can see the backbones of live fish, which is probably where the name “glassy sweeper” came from. They diet consists mainly  of zooplankton (animal plankton).

St. John and Virgin Islands News

St. Johnian, Jasmine Campbell, to compete in Winter Olympics in Sochi
Jasmine Campbell was chosen by the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee to  represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She will compete in two alpine skiing events: Giant Slalom and Slalom.

Researchers To Help Secure The Future Of Reefs In The Virgin Islands
Government of the British Virgin Islands
Monday, January 20, 2014 – 4:33pm

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour has authorised a team of marine and social scientists from Newcastle University to conduct research on coral reefs and coastal communities in the Virgin Islands and determine how climate change affects the reefs.

The researchers will be in the Territory for three months and will conduct interviews, organise workshops and communicate with everyone who interacts with coral reefs.  The key objectives are to determine; how people use the sea and the reefs; what changes people have noticed over time; how well people think the coral reefs are being managed; and how important the reefs are to the people of the BVI.

The information collected will be presented to the community through workshops; shared with Government’s decision makers and used at the international level to help scientists understand how reefs might change in the future.

US Virgin Islands Unveils First-Ever Tsunami Evacuation Maps
By the Caribbean Journal staff

As last week’s earthquake in Puerto Rico reminded, the Caribbean is a seismically active region — and particularly the northern Caribbean.

That’s led the US Virgin Islands to debut its first-ever tsunami evacuation map, which covers St Croix, St John and St Thomas.

The maps “delineate coastline inundation in the event of the Territory is impacted by a tsunami, as well as safe areas, evacuation route directional arrows, assembly points and denotes public schools and other public facilities within the inundation area,” according to a statement from the office of Governor John de Jongh.

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