Bio Bay There are only a few year-round bioluminescent bays on the planet, and one of them is now threatened by, surprisingly, the U.S. National Park Service Pyrodinium bahamense, the dinoflagellate that lights up the Bio Bay at Salt River On the island of St. Croix, within Salt River National Historical Preserve (SARI), the National Park Service (NPS) is threatening the survival of Bio Bay by constructing an extensive campus for research and education on its shore. Everybody wants the new facility, but not where it could destroy the billions of Pyrodinium bahamense dinoflagellates that create the year round display or ruin its aesthetic appeal with light pollution. It’s a mangrove lagoon we call Bio Bay and thousands of visitors are awed each year, year-round, by the bioluminescent displays of three different bioluminescent creatures: dinoflagellates, comb jellies, and fireworms. We want to be able to show our grandkids this gift of nature! The NPS is not managing SARI for the preservation and enhancements of this extremely rare phenomenon. SEA is suggesting a viable alternative site for the Marine Research and Educational Complex that’s less invasive, more accessible, more economical, and friendlier to the neighbors (both human and wildlife)! “Measured bioluminescence in Mangrove Lagoon (Bio Bay) was as bright as Mosquito Bay, Vieques, PR, considered one of the best bioluminescent bays of the world. Mangrove Lagoon should be formally recognized and designated as a bioluminescent bay, a unique and rare ecosystem that developed as a result of natural ecological processes. If Mangrove Lagoon is to be maintained as a bioluminescent bay, it requires effective management to promote ecosystem health.” Dr. Michael I. Latz, Ph.D, Scripps Institution of Oceanography It is possible to relocate the research and educational facility within the park bounds AND have a healthy Bio Bay. To help, please donate to our Save Salt River/Bio Bay Fund (managed by the Virgin Islands Conservation Society) or contact Michael Baron at (340) 244-2946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.