December 1, 2012, saw the fabulous Crown Bay Marina, situated in a popular Caribbean yacht charter destination – St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, receive the internationally recognized Blue Flag Certification. This represents an environmental award granted by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that works toward sustainable development for marinas and beaches around the world.
Crown Bay Marina was the first marina to be awarded the highly respected certification in St. Thomas, a significant achievement for the marina and staff. Jane Wherren, Director of Operations for Crown Bay Marina said: “We are extremely proud to fly the Blue Flag at our marina as it represents our dedication to preserve the natural environment that makes The Virgin Islands a prime destination for our marina guests.”
The prestigious award represents compliance with standards in 24 strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, safety and important services, and environmental management.
Adrian Davis, Environmental Committee chairperson of the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association explained to the St. Thomas Source, “It means these marina facilities are safe, clean and the marine resources are preserved and protected.”
Crown Bay Marina is a full-service St. Thomas Marina for super yachts and pleasure crafts located in near historic Charlotte Amalie on the south end of the island, just 10 minutes from the international airport.
The Blue Flag program was launched in 1987 by FEE with just 10 participating European countries. In 2001, FEE became a global organization, and today the Blue Flag Program has been implemented in 46 countries with 3650 beaches and marinas.