Welcome to the Fish Bay Wetlands website!
Fish Bay lies on the south shore of the island of St. John, in the US Virgin Islands. On the east side of the bay (right in the photo above), the shoreline is lined with stands of red mangroves edging out into the shallow water.
Behind the red mangroves (which can grow in salt water) there are wetlands and seasonal ponds that are brackish – fed by salt water flowing through inlets from the bay as well as rainwater and runoff from the surrounding hills.
Much of the area around Fish Bay is protected as conservation land, currently owned by the Island Resources Foundation. The wetlands provide valuable ecological habitats, while also slowing down runoff that would otherwise carry larger amounts of sediment into the bay. In addition, the mangroves provide protection to the shoreline during hurricanes and storm surges.
This coastal land supports a wide variety of wildlife, as well as many native trees and plants, some of them rare or endangered.
The photos and videos posted on this website show many of the major species that can be seen in this rich ecological zone, but can only capture a small portion of the overall biodiversity to be found here. (All photos and videos were taken by Gail Karlsson unless otherwise noted.)
Hopefully further documentation and greater appreciation of all these life forms will help keep them safe and protected well into the future.