Clayton begins his talk on the Buck Island acoustic array.
Clayton begins his talk on the Buck Island acoustic array.

CHRISTIANSTED – On Thursday September 10, 2015 Clayton Pollock, Technical Lead with the National Park Service Natural Resource/Biology Team, will lecture on the newest research associated with the Wildlife Tracking Project at Buck Island Reef National Monument.

The National Park Service, in collaboration with several partners (Department of Planning and Natural Resources – Division of Fish and Wildlife, US Geological Survey, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, University of the Virgin Islands, The Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, the University of Miami, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst), is conducting a long-term acoustic telemetry research project to determine and quantify ecological movements within and among marine protected areas (MPAs) of the USVI.

To date, acoustically tagged animals include sharks, barracuda, and several varieties of reef fish, sea turtles, spiny lobsters, and conch. These animals are currently being tracked across multiple jurisdictions including areas inside Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix East End Marine Park and Lang Bank.

Attend the lecture to meet Clayton and learn about the objectives of the research, selection of species, tagging and recording tag signals, the array configuration, fishing/capture methods, and analysis of data. Clayton received his B.S. from Eastern Connecticut State University and his Master of Marine and Environmental Science degree from the University of the Virgin Islands in 2011.The lecture will be held from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Danish Guinea West India Company Warehouse/ Slave Market Building. The Christiansted National Historic Site parking lot will be ‘free’ and open for this event until 7PM.

Please note that a meeting of ‘The Friends of the National Parks of St. Croix’ will meet from 4:30-5:30 PM just before the lecture in the same location.