This is Ranger Lewis from the Virgin Islands National Park. The beginning of my week 2 started out with officially meeting my supervisor, park ranger Ludric Smith. He was out on medical leave my arrival week and I must say, he is a swell guy. We've gotten to know each other and he shared with me some stories & experiences that he had with the park service as an African-American male that I felt pertained to me a lot. I've never encountered an African-American ranger before in the park service so I appreciated his perspective on being a ranger.
|Ranger Smith issuing a verbal warning to this individual to not exceed the 3 hour anchor zone time limit.|
Part of being an effective ranger is knowing the major and most frequent laws that are often broken within the park. My first week here was more focused on the land of the park however, the ocean is a whole different ball game as far as regulations go. I've learned that there are numerous laws set in place that are here to protect the resources and there are a lot of habitual offenders that like to break these rules for personal gain. A very popular poaching item in the park service is Conch. The rule at V.I.N.P. is that any one person can take from the park a maximum of 2 per day per person. Conch is a sea animal that likes to live on the reefs of the park and can be poached for its meat. It is considered a delicacy on the islands. I haven't had any yet but the annual carnival is this Friday and I'll be getting some so I'll keep everyone posted about that.
|A total of 17 Conch confiscated from a contact exceeding the said limit during boat patrol.|
I had my Adobo ready but they had to be stored as evidence, sadly.