The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS), a part of the University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program, is located within the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) at the University of the Virgin Islands. VIMAS was established on the St. Thomas campus of UVI in 1984 and on St. Croix in 1990. VIMAS engages educators, students, governmental/non-governmental entities, as well as the general public to raise awareness about various marine and environmental topics
|Coast Weeks - A community beach cleanup effort organized by The Ocean Conservancy to keep our oceans clean.||St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John||September 19 to October 31, 2015|
Reef Fest - A Blue Flag and VIMAS event hosted at Coral World where the community can learn about recycling, take part in the Reef Rap competition, and win awesome raffle prizes.
|St. Thomas||November 7 and 8, 2015|
Coral Reef Discovery Week - A week-long summer camp where students in grades 7-12 learn about marine science.
|St. Thomas||Second week in July|
Environmental Learning Outside the Classroom (ELOC) - Outdoors field trips for students in grades K-12 to learn about the environment. This can entail learning about and planting red mangroves, interacting with sea turtles (endangered species), learning about marine debris and kayaking/snorkeling.
|St. Thomas and St. Croix|
|Non-point Source Pollution - Students can learn about non-point source pollution with an interactive model as well as how it we can reduce its negative impacts to the environment.||St. Thomas and St. Croix|
Classroom Presentations - VIMAS agents along with the assistance from volunteers or other environmental educators can provide educational presentations to students (grades K-12) in the classroom. These presentations can stem from any of the subject areas covered in our ELOC activities (mangroves, invertebrates, and marine debris) or anything that fits in the scope of environmental education.
|St. Thomas and St. Croix|
Coastweeks Beach Cleanup Seeks Volunteers
September 10, 2015
More than 1,000 Virgin Islands residents will take part in the 30th annual Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup Sept. 19 – Oct. 31. ridding the territory’s beaches of waste, from soda cans and plastic bags to tires and home appliances. Click here to read more.
|Howard Forbes Jr.||St. Thomas||340-693-1672|
|Marcia Taylor||St. Croix||340-692-4046|
Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands
Facebook: Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
RR #1, 10,000 Kingshill
St. Croix, USVI 00850-9781