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- Description -

Coastweeks, or International Coastal Cleanup is an initiative set forth by The Ocean Conservancy and for the past 30 years, they have inspired millions of people to assist with the cause for healthier seas. Each year, The Ocean Conservancy mobilizes communities to help organize and participate in beach cleanups whilst recording/documenting data such as what kinds of trash they pick up and how much. This data is then returned to The Ocean Conservancy who then analyze and generate a yearly report summarizing all the data collected from all participating countries. You can join the effort to reduce marine debris from our coasts to help keep our islands clean! Contact us today! 


- Coastweeks Data Form -

To familiarize with yourself with the data form, you can click here to view/print the Coastweeks data form. 
For your convenience, after your cleanup has concluded you can click on  "Coordinator Data Form" to enter all of your data electronically.
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- Event Logistics -

Coastweeks officially begins on September 15th, 2018 and will continue through to October 31st. We are aiming to facilitate most of our cleanups as zero-waste cleanups where the use of single-use or disposable items during the cleanups will be limited; this can include single-use gloves, trash bags, and single-use water bottles. Instead, we will use reusable alternatives such as reusable gloves and buckets; we encourage all volunteers to walk with a refillable water bottle for hydration. At most cleanups, volunteers should wear/bring cleanup appropriate clothing to include a hat and possibly sunscreen. Here is a line-up of upcoming cleanups that you can volunteer at:

Island 

Date 

Location 

Time 

Hosted by:

St. Thomas  September 15th, 2018 Brewers Bay  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM VIMAS
St. Thomas  September 22nd, 2018 Red Hook Salt pond 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM E.A.S.T.
St. Thomas  September 29th, 2018 Coki Point  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Coral World Ocean Park
St. Thomas  October 13th, 2018  Xanadu to Blackpoint cleanup (Meet on Brewers Bay)
(POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM UVI Coastal and Conservation Club
St. Thomas October 20th, 2018  Fort Christian parking lot and Tutu Park mall parking lot  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Jody Olson 

Interested in planning a cleanup? Contact us today so that we can assist you! Our team can provide cleanup supplies to your group.  Consider downloading the "Clean Swell" app to your smart phone so that you can track your marine debris collection electronically! It's Free, easy to use, and available for both Android and iOS systems.  

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- Historic / Current Data -

Click on any of the following links to view the data collected for that specific year. This data is great for teachers who want to have access to data sets, teach graphing skills to their students, and observe trends between years of data collection.

The following map was created by UVI's Geo Computational Analysis and Statistics (GeoCAS) Institute using ArcGIS to map Coastweeks data from 2016.

2016 data
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Office Phone: St. Thomas (340) 693-1672 / St. Croix (340) 692-4046
E-mail: St. Thomas (howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu) / St. Croix (mtaylor@uvi.edu)
Website: http://vimas.uvi.edu
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Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands

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St. Thomas, USVI 00802                           St. Croix, USVI 00850-9781