ACT N.65 7 2
BILL NO. 24-0308
TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
OF THE UNITED STATES
To amend title 12, chapter I of the Virgin Islands Code to establish the St Croix East
End Marine Park and authorize the establishment of other marine parks
SECTION 1. Title 12, chapter 1, Virgin Islands Code is amended by
designating the existing language in section 97 as subsection (a) of 97, by designating
-the language in section 98 as subsection (b) of 97, and by inserting a new section 98 to
read as follows:
"98 St Croix East End Marine Park Established; establishment of territorial
system of marine parks authorized
(a) To protect territorially significant marine resources, promote sustainability
of niarine ecosystems, including coral reefs, sea grass beds, wildlife habitats and other.
resources and to conserve and preserve significant natural areas for the use and benefit of
future generations, there is established, as a unit of the territorial system of marine parks,
the St Croix East End Marine Park,
(I) The Park is comprised of the area that begins at the hiest tide at
the western-most point of CheneyBay (17 45' 39" N, 64" 40' 5" W); extends out
to the three-nautical mile territorial boundary, the border follows the three-
nautical mile territorial boundary around the eastern tip of St. Croix and ends at
the highest tide line at the westernm-ost point of Great Pond Bay (17 71' 35" N
66' 57" W), excluding any area under federal jurisdiction, and shall be
administered pursuant to the St. Croix East End Marine Park Management Plan.
(2) The Park includes a No-take Area. Turtle Wildlife Area.
Recreation Area and Open Area, as prescribed in the St. Croix East End Marine
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Park Management Plan prepared by the Virgin Islands Program of the Nature
Conservancy for the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural
Resources and approved by the Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management
Commission on July 19. 2002.
(b) The Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Commission, established in
title 12, chapter 21, section 904 (a) Virgin Islands Code, may establish other mafrineparks
throughout the United States Virgin Islands as part of a territorial system of marine parks.
(c) The Commission may accept on behalf of the Government of the Virgin
Islands, donations, bequests and gifts of finds and any interests in real property for the
purpose of establishing the territorial system of marine parks.
(d) In addition to all powers specifically assigned to the Commission, the
Commission shall have the primary authority for the implementation of this section,
including without limitation, the power and duties to:
(1) advise, consult, and enter into agreements with agencies of the
United States Virgin Islands, agencies of the Federal Government
and with other agencies and persons necessary to cary out the purpose of this
(2) apply for, accept and minister grants from the Federal
Government and from other sources, public or private, for carrying out the
purpose ofthis section;
(3) promulgate, after due notice and hearing, such rules and
regulations pertaining to the designation, establishment, management, control and
use of territorial marine parks, and other matters as may be necessary to carry out
the purpose of this section; and
(4) perform all acts necessary to cany out the purposes and
requirements ofthis section;
(e) The Commission may establish within the system of marine parks no-take
zones, recreational zones, wildlife preserve zones and open zones pursuant to
rules and regulations.
(f) As used in this section, the following terms have the meanings set forth in this
(1) "Commission" means the Virgin Islands Coastal Management Zone
Commission established by title 12, chapter 21, section 904 (a) of the Virgin
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(2) "No-Take Zone" means an area where all living marine resources are
protected through prohibitions on fishing and the removal or disturbance of any
living or non-living marine resource, except as necessary for research or
monitoring to evaluate park effectiveness.
(3) "Open Zone" means an area where there are no restrictions on fishing,
boating, and diving activities, as prescribed by roles and regulations not
inconsistent with this section.
(4) "The Park" means the St. Croix East End Marine Park established in
section 98, subsection (a) of this chapter.
(5) "Recreational Zone"-means an area designated for snorkeling, diving,
boating, recreational take fishing, oatch and release fishing, and bait fishing and
Where activities that would compromise the recreational values of the area are
(6) "St. Croix East End Marine Park Management Plan" means the
document that sets forth the management objectives, policies and strategies for
managing the Park and addresses the Park's administrative structure, resource use,
boundaries, use zones, financial support staffing and monitoring plans and which
was prepared by the Virgin Islands Program of the Nature Conservancy for the
Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, commissioned by
the University of the Virgin Islands tader the Division of Coastal Zone
Management VI Marine Park Project (NOOA Award No. NA07020513) and
approved by the Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Commission on July
(7) "Wildlife Preserve Zone" means an area where some or all of the
biological resources are protected from removal or disturbance. The term
includes reserves established to protect threatened or endangered species.
Thus passed by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands on December 23, 2002.
Witness our Hands and the Seal of the Legislature of the Virgin Islands this 9th
Day of January, A.D, 2003.
Donald G. Col
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