Governor Bryan Issues Executive Order Protecting Coral Reefs

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has issued an executive order declaring the territory’s ecosystems to be natural infrastructure, critical for protection by the Territory.
The U.S. Virgin Islands is hosting the United States Coral Reef Task Force annual jurisdictional meeting in St. Thomas from October 22-27, at The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef.
The executive order mandates all VI Government departments and agencies to take administrative, enforcement, conservation, and enhancement actions, and to incorporate this directive into policies and procedures, and rules and regulations.

As a result of the executive order, all Virgin Islands government agencies are now directed to collaboratively seek increased funding from federal agencies to protect or enhance natural infrastructure, especially before and after disasters.

Governor Bryan restated his commitment to protect the USVI ecosystems against the many critical and diverse hazards that threaten them and said the future success of our environmental protection depends upon the collaborative efforts of all departments and agencies.
Copies of all Executive Orders are posted at

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