Welcome to the Virgin Islands Marine and Advisory Service (VIMAS) home page for St. Thomas and St. John!

The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) aims to increase awareness about marine and terrestrial natural resources as well as help foster environmental stewardship ethics within the Virgin Islands' community. Our team works closely with educators, NGOs, as well as federal and governmental agencies to accomplish our goals. Preserving the very essence of our natural resources begins with education that leads towards environmental awareness and action! 

- UPCOMING EVENTS -

Scheduled for Saturday April 27th from 11 AM to 5 PM, Reef Fest is an annual event coordinated by VIMAS and numerous partners which aims to increase public awareness of the importance of our natural resources both on land and under water. The event will take place at Yacht Haven Grande and will feature exhibits from various organizations and groups, a seafood cooking competition, live music, raffle prizes and fun activities for youth and adults! Click on the image below to learn more about Reef Fest 2019. 

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- VIMAS PROGRAMS -

ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM  

Our team will work with school groups to facilitate field trips to UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. These field trips can be scheduled at anytime. Click the above "ELOC" link to see what types of activities we can facilitate and schedule your field trip today! 

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VIMAS SWIMMING PROGRAM 

Also new to ELOC is the VIMAS Swimming Program. This program is offered on St. Thomas and introduces youth in grades 1 -12 to the ocean by providing lessons that enable them to hone their swimming proficiency over 6 weeks. You can access the registration page and learn more about the Swimming Program by either clicking the above link. 

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YOUTH OCEAN EXPLORERS SUMMER PROGRAM (ST. THOMAS)

A 4-week marine science based summer program during the months of July and August. This intense program exposes youth in grades 7-12 to various career opportunities in science. Click the above "YOE" link to learn more about our program.

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YOUTH OCEAN EXPLORERS SUMMER PROGRAM (ST. CROIX)

A marine science based summer program during the month of July. This intense program exposes youth in grades 7-12 to various career opportunities in science. Click the above "YOE" link to learn more about our program.

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JUNIOR OCEAN EXPLORERS SUMMER PROGRAM

A marine science based summer program during the month of July. This intense program exposes youth in grades 4-6 to various aspects of marine science and environmental stewardship ethics. Click the above "JOE" link to learn more about our program.

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COASTWEEKS

During September and October, VIMAS works closely with various groups within the community to organize beach cleanups with an attempt to document and remove as much marine debris as possible. Only data collected during this period is provided to The Ocean Conservancy; however, beach cleanups can be scheduled outside of this time frame. Click the above "Coastweeks" link to learn more about our effort.

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REEF FEST

Our team, along with other community partners organize Reef Fest, an event in November aimed at raising awareness and educating the community about the importance of coral reefs. Click the above "Reef Fest" link to learn more about this event. 

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- CONTACT US -   new

Office Phone: St. Thomas (340) 693-1672 / St. Croix (340) 692-40146
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

St. Thomas                                               St. Croix
#2 John Brewers Bay                                RR#1, 10,000 Kingshill
St. Thomas, USVI 00802                          St. Croix, USVI 00850-9781