NOTE: The video of this great presentation is available at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

CHRISTIANSTED – On Thursday, June 9, 2016, Kemit-Amon Lewis, The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program Coral Conservation Manager, shares the organization’s currently implemented programs in the USVI. The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization, driven by science, and passionate about the benefits to people, communities, and cultures that come about because of sound (and bold) conservation work.

On St. Croix, the Estate Little Princess and Jack and Isaac Bay Preserves are two examples of their land preservation, management, and restoration strategies. Through the Coral Reef Restoration Program, established in 2009, over 20,000 elkhorn and staghorn corals have been out-planted across the USVI.

The Reef Responsible Sustainable Seafood Initiative continues to grow on St. Croix, will soon be expanded to St. Thomas and St. John, and tested as a pilot in San Juan. Through the initiative, the hope is that each Virgin Islander will embrace the concept of sustainability and through awareness, be equipped to make best choices with regards to the harvest, purchase, and sale of seafood.

The revamp of their BleachWatch VI program and addition of the mobile app was well-timed as NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch anticipates coral bleaching in the Caribbean this summer. Learn how volunteers are trained to conduct surveys and report bleaching observations to better inform proactive response and management of coral reef sites during mass bleaching events.

TNC also supports the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, NOAA’s Coral Restoration Program, and the USVI’s Marine Protected Areas.

Kemit was born and raised on the island of St. Croix, USVI, is a graduate of the St. Croix Central High School, and received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Marine Science from Savannah State University, in Savannah, Georgia.

The lecture is 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 St. Croix USVI National Parks will meet from 4:30-5:30 PM
just before the lecture in the same location.