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‘Save the Mangroves’ – Natural Resources Minister Dr Pickering

Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), who is also the Territory’s Deputy Premier, is appealing to the Virgin Islands (VI) community to give due care and attention when working in and around mangroves during this critical time in their recovery following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: VINO/File
According to a Government Information Service (GIS) press release today December 8, 2017, 'Mangroves are salt tolerant trees that once extensively covered most of the southern coastlines of the VI, but are now very limited in number due to clearing and pollution over the years.' Photo: Internet Source
According to a Government Information Service (GIS) press release today December 8, 2017, 'Mangroves are salt tolerant trees that once extensively covered most of the southern coastlines of the VI, but are now very limited in number due to clearing and pollution over the years.' Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One of the realities of killer storm Irma was that on the morning after the hurricane there was virtually not one leaf left on the trees or on the land anywhere in the Virgin Islands.

Well the Natural Resources and Labour Minister Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), who is also the Territory’s Deputy Premier, is appealing to the Virgin Islands (VI) community to give due care and attention when working in and around mangroves during this critical time in their recovery following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

According to a Government Information Service (GIS) press release today December 8, 2017 “Mangroves are salt tolerant trees that once extensively covered most of the southern coastlines of the VI, but are now very limited in number due to clearing and pollution over the years.”

Today, the Environment Minister, Hon Pickering, told GIS, “It is important that mangroves be given the opportunity to regenerate naturally so that they can continue to carry out their very important functions.”

Dr Pickering, the veteran politician first elected in 1999, further stated, “Due to the forceful winds encountered during the hurricanes, many of the larger trees in our mangrove forests have been knocked down and uprooted, and are also now littered with boats and other debris.  The present state of the mangroves begs for our assistance to care for them so that they may continue to take on their role in the ecosystem.”

Double standards on environmental protection?

Many of Dr Pickering's critics have claimed that the environmental laws are only for locals, as foreign investors and those on the cays and some on the sister islands continue to destroy the environment, including  mangroves without little or no penalties.

However, as the post hurricane clean up continues, the Deputy Premier asked persons to “Please refrain from dumping, garbage, soil, oil, et cetera in or near mangroves, and when removing boats and other debris avoid damaging trees and seedlings.”

Many have also stated that Government itself is the biggest violator of the VI environmental laws. One recent example they give is that of old cars and other debris being dumped on Paraquita Bay farmlands on Tortola, near to natural ghuts and springs.

The Conservation and Fisheries Department is the Government Agency responsible for the VI’s  environmental protection and preservation, along with the National Parks Trust.

18 Responses to “‘Save the Mangroves’ – Natural Resources Minister Dr Pickering”

  • myrun (08/12/2017, 21:36) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    He is about saving mangroves and saving sharks but not saving all the jobs we loosing..Smh
    • c (09/12/2017, 00:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      I don't always agree with Pickering, but how the h÷// you expect him to save all the jobs. What is he suppose to do, get a magic wand and wave it in the air and chant save all the jobs?
    • Lord O - Very Insensitive, (09/12/2017, 04:29) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Thousands of people out of work.. Where is the Speech on that.. Give people Hope..
    • Myron I Agree 100% (09/12/2017, 04:39) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      Did you raise this in Cabinet,? if not then bring it up. He is the Pit Bull in the party but u r not afraid of them.. This Minister is the Worse. --Ronnie, Mark, Yourself and Even Doc Showing some human care. Not him..As a Surgeon the natural instinct was to put humans first.
  • long look me come from (08/12/2017, 21:46) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree double standards big time, just look at nanny cay vs the project further down.

    Plus yes both VIP and NDP have contributed to the destruction of the environment. In times like these we miss wahshasar
    • pete (08/12/2017, 23:34) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      the ancient mangroves in sea Cow Bay have been treated horribly by being bulldozed and back-filled. trash boats and oil and dump trucks have destroyed them. Landfill bump outs have been allowed so trucks can park in the mangroves.
      Look at the filling in of baby mangrove in Fat Hogs Bay. South Side of BVI used to be full of pelicans and fish.
      Mangroves also help protect the shore from sea serge and storms. Pockwood and duffs bottom are filled in as well.
      Mangrove which are part of the fisheries protected area at Frenchmans Cay have been polluted for years by boats and trash. Yet they help protect the sand spit. Government is indeed the worst offender because money talks.
      Give the Conservation and Fisheries TEETH to fine violators regardless of who they are-- and don't allow them to be overridden by special interests who ignore the warning signs for personal gains. This goes for West End!!
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  • For Real.. (09/12/2017, 04:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    How about save the Jobs...As Labour Minister did he ever say to companies. "Save the Jobs", Like One Blogger so rightfully said the two most important things from a humanitarian view rite now are ""Health and Jobs.. Mangroves is important but for now that falls further down the list....
  • See Why we need Frazer (09/12/2017, 04:59) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    We must not let ouf likes or dislikes of a person be the determining factor as to who is a good leader or a good worker. We must keep it real and look at the hole and see what peg will fit. Rite now we have a lot of square pegs in round holes. In This situation frazer would have brought us results. Oh so u know of all the people in the house Frazer and Delorss would not be considered for a likeness award. However, Look at the great Job Delores did with Christmas on De Castfo Street.. its about getting the Job done.. Maybe she should consider Joining with Frazer and Willock. Along with Mitch and Alvera..ThT will be a good team..
    • ndp youths (09/12/2017, 07:33) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Funny man could blog all he wants after Dr Smith it will be dr Pickering
  • Fern (09/12/2017, 06:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is room for both with out the beautiful scenery you would not have tne tourist trade without the tourist you would have no jobs? think about it
  • Dragon (09/12/2017, 06:43) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    For years anyone , local or expat, have been alowed to put landfill in the water where there were mangroves killing them.
  • VG (09/12/2017, 07:31) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Man hungry and homeless you all talking about mangroves dread
  • lost (09/12/2017, 07:49) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    After Irma the children who have been attending Cedar have been planting baby mangroves. They have been on this mission way before the minister opened his mouth. I would like to say to them and their teachers GREAT JOB!!!
  • Political Observer (PO) (09/12/2017, 18:20) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why is the BVI always in a reactive posture in regards to protecting its natural resources. From East End to West End and beyond the coastline was lined with mangroves. But greed and shortsightedness have permitted the decimation of mangroves. Mangroves is nature’s way of providing a barrier to protect the coastline, limiting storm surges. Mangroves also is a breeding ground for fish and lobster. Nevertheless, concur with the Deputy Premier sense of urgency and purpose of protecting mangroves. Better late than never.
  • Be Bold! (10/12/2017, 09:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I you want to halt the destruction of the little that remains of the mangroves, make their destruction illegal.


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