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.
|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|
|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|
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!
|Howard Forbes Jr.||St. Thomas||Office: 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