Marine and Environmental Education

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 environmental concerns such as non-point source pollution, invasive species, climate change, and coral reef health. VIMAS also partners with the Caribbean Regional Association (CaRA) and the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System (CariCOOS) which provides real-time data on coastal weather patterns.

VIMAS Activities

Activity Description Program location Date
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- 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

VIMAS for Teachers

Activity Description Location
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, interacting with sea turtles (endangered species), and kayaking/snorkeling. St. Thomas
Marine Debris Students can learn about what marine debris is, how it can negatively impact the environment as well as marine life, and play a game that reinforces these concepts. St. Thomas / St. Croix
Non-point Source Pollution Stuents 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 / St. Croix

VIMAS Highlights

Take a look at marine life found at Brewers Bay and Perseverance Bay. Schedule your next marine science activity and be a part of the excitement!

Contact us

Coordinator Location E-mail Phone number
Howard Forbes Jr. St. Thomas

Office: 340-693-1672
Cell: 340-13-7203
Marcia Taylor St. Croix


Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands
Facebook: Center for marine and environmental studies
Twitter: @UVI_VIMAS

St. Thomas
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802

St. Croix
RR #1, 10,000 Kingshill
St. Croix, USVI 00850-9781