Madam Speaker, at the sitting of this House on 25th January 2016 I introduced the North Shore Integrated Coastal and Watershed Stabilization Project. At that time the Project was just getting started; I am pleased to report that a significant amount of work has been done since that time which I wish to share with the House today.
Madame Speaker, there is a vexing problem facing the Territory with respect to the feral (wild and uncultured) animal population. Through the Department of Agriculture and the Ministry I have received numerous complaints from farmers and homeowners alike of the damage these animals cause. While the Department of Agriculture has always been engaged in efforts to reduce the numbers in the stray animal population, efforts are being ratcheted up to alleviate this problem through the implementation of a Strategic Feral Animal Control Management Plan. This plan provides the framework that involves actions to minimize the negative economic and environmental impacts. It also takes into consideration public health issues that can be caused by wild untamed diseased animals.
Students from the Wendell Potter Learning Centre, Venetta’s Day Care & Early Learning Centre and Simmonds Pre-school along with officers from the Conservation and Fisheries Department are pictured engaging in an interactive and informative educational presentation.
Staff from the Conservation and Fisheries Department, assisted by representatives from the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands and the Rotaract Club of Tortola planted mangroves at the Brandywine Bay area on Friday April 22.