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JVD resident calls for strict regulation on holding tanks, fuel disposal

- says tourist industry costing VI environment
Sailing yachts docked off the Jost Van Dyke shore. Photo: VINO
Herman Chinnery called for strict regulation regarding the usage of holding tanks and fuel disposal on yachts in the Territory. Photo: VINO
Herman Chinnery called for strict regulation regarding the usage of holding tanks and fuel disposal on yachts in the Territory. Photo: VINO
The issue of holding tanks on yachts has occupied the attention of Natural Resources Minister, Dr The Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering for some time, but it is unclear what level of enforcement is being implemented to ensure that yachts are in possession of the device for waste disposal when they arrive in the Territory. Photo: VINO
The issue of holding tanks on yachts has occupied the attention of Natural Resources Minister, Dr The Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering for some time, but it is unclear what level of enforcement is being implemented to ensure that yachts are in possession of the device for waste disposal when they arrive in the Territory. Photo: VINO
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – With the booming tourism sector that continues to sustain the Virgin Islands’ economy, one resident has expressed concern that this may have come at a significant price to the Territory’s environment in certain areas.

Business owner, Herman Chinnery of Jost Van Dyke, believes that serious attention needs to be paid to yacht owners and their method of sewage disposal as well as the resultant effects that tourism has had on the fishing industry for local fishermen.

The resident complained that if persons were too focused on having as much tourists within the Territory as possible and neglect the natural resources in their surroundings, they will find that a lot of things will be missed after a while.

He was particularly animated about the effects tourism has had on the fishing industry and the state of the ocean. He observed that pollution that came in the form of oil and sewage as a result of yachts should be of some concern to residents of the Territory. “After a while we will start to lose out on our natural resources,” he said.

Chinnery called for strict regulation with regard to the use of holding tanks for yachts that were docked in the various harbours around the islands. The lack of holding tanks on yachts, according to Chinnery, “made our water on our beaches not fit to swim.”

“The government needs to make sure that these people have holding tanks [in their yachts] and they find a place to expose their waste afterwards, instead of ‘letting it go’ any place around here,” he commented, “that is messing up our waters real bad.”

The issue of holding tanks on yachts has occupied the attention of Natural Resources Minister, Dr The Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering for some time, but it is unclear what level of enforcement is being implemented to ensure that yachts are in possession of the device for waste disposal when they arrive in the Territory.

Chinnery also felt that the large number of boats that frequented the islands, somehow disrupted the fishes that were near the shore and kept them at bay. He suspected that this may be as a result of the way fuel was disposed of from the various yachts as well.

9 Responses to “JVD resident calls for strict regulation on holding tanks, fuel disposal”

  • ausar (06/05/2013, 08:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Amazingly, these very same yachters will never come over here to the US Virgin Islands and dispose of their filth in our waters.

    But aryo JVD'ers will have to wear what aryo buy. Tis allotta aryo who marry and date many of these same set of "filth"-them and their family members who are now destroying the environment.

    Ya can't have your cake and eat it too!
    • yard fowl (06/05/2013, 21:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      SOUND LIKE YOU HAVE A LOT OF HATRED IN YOUR BACK YARD GET OFF YOUR SORRY ASS AND CLEAN IT UP
  • Bar (06/05/2013, 08:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    doc aint got no time for this he busy wid he airport....
  • dog (06/05/2013, 09:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    the heavy emphasis on tourism has its consequences. Mr. Chinnery speaks the truth. A dime today or a dollar tomorrow. this in both yachting and development. The land and sea are the utmost importance. Kinda like Town and country and Conservation and fisheries. Yet, natural resources are being distroyed and the government dept are not or can't live up to their responsibilities. Where is the new director of Ports Authority? Doesn't he have a horse in this race? How will visitors have respect for us if we don't have respect for ourselves?
  • Free mud (06/05/2013, 17:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    They can't deal with sewage that's generated ashore ,how will they deal with all the chartes boats with holding tanks, most charter boats already have holding tanks, but where are the pump out stations?
  • International Sewage Societyc. (06/05/2013, 23:14) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The pollutants are probably from the vessels that belong to United States senators and congressman.
    They do it in their home territory so why shouldn't they do it in yours? Maybe a strategic military operation
    that doens't spill more of their excrement, should be deployed. You will be helping your selves and the world.
  • hat (06/05/2013, 23:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes after all the ALTERNATIVE IS SUCH A VISION OF LOVELINESS.
  • Captain (09/05/2013, 10:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fact:There are currently too many boats plying the BVI waters. Fact: while most boats now have holding tanks installed bare boat charter companies tie off the valve so the holding tank cant be used and the waste goes directly into the sea. Fact - most crewed boats now use holding tanks and pump out when away from enclosed anchorages. Fact: The raw sewage from the island goes directly into the ocean - the BVI does not treat its sewage - go smell the outlet by Village cay!!!! Go look at the outlet and algal growth by Slaney
    As a result many popular anchorages are actually now unsafe for swimming and the pollution is causing shore fringing reefs to die - and as a consequence destroy fisheries.


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