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DPNR’s Fish and Wildlife Releases 2nd Edition of ‘Go Wild, Go Fish VI’ Magazine

Joseph Wilson shows off his catch on a Marine Vocational Program outing. (Photo by Jimmy Loveland.)
Joseph Wilson shows off his catch on a Marine Vocational Program outing. (Photo by Jimmy Loveland.)

Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces the publication and release of the second edition of “Go Wild, Go Fish VI,” a magazine created by the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to highlight its work and accomplishments.

“We want to increase awareness of the variety of things that we do,” Commissioner Oriol said. “From our work with community partners on the territory’s first artificial reef to the first habitat corridor, to receiving our first competitive state wildlife grant. With each magazine, we plan to showcase ongoing projects and explore topics of interest to the public.”

In this issue, readers will meet DPNR’s 2024 St. Thomas-St. John Employee of the Year Julia Plotkin, an environmental specialist with the Division of Fish and Wildlife, as well its 2024 St. Croix Employee of the Year, attorney Maureen Madera Garcia, along with port samplers and recent interns.

A boa imperator constricting a Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita) in October 2020 on St. Croix. (Photo by DPNR staff)
A boa imperator constricting a Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita) in October 2020 on St. Croix. (Photo by DPNR staff)

The first issue of “Go Wild, Go Fish VI” was released last July and cast a spotlight on the endangered Virgin Islands tree boa, the invasive red-tailed bo, the division’s sea mapping program, scientific bird work, exotic pet amnesty program and scientific papers.

“Our work spans the gamut, from issuing permits for research and endangered species to mentoring students to maintaining recreational moorings, to funding kayak tours and providing archery lessons. The division also manages 32 offshore cays, responds to wildlife incidents, conducts scientific sea-life surveys, and registers commercial and recreational fishers,” Division of Fish and Wildlife director Nicole Angeli said. “The magazine is one of the tools at our disposal to keep the public informed.”

To view “Go Wild, Go Fish VI” Issue 2, visit  www.tiny.cc/gowildgofishvi2. For Issue 1, go to “Go Wild, Go Fish.”

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