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! Click the button below to learn more about VIMAS and our connection to the NOAA Sea Grant College Program

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On the island of St. Thomas, VIMAS facilitates several summer programs which include the Junior (JOE) and Youth Ocean Explorers (YOE) Summer Programs. Each program aims to introduce Virgin Islands youth to the field of marine science. Using the ocean as our classroom, students engage in hands-on activities and gain a deeper sense of appreciation for the marine environment. (Click any of the buttons below to learn more)



eloc Water Quality

Environmental Learning Outside the Classroom or ELOC provides opportunities for youth to visit UVI's Marine Science Center and learn from marine scientists as well as explore natural habitats. Through the V.I. Water Quality Education Program, students in grades 3-12 can learn about the importance of testing water quality and water filtration via the combination of classroom presentations and hands-on engaging activities. (Click any of the buttons below to learn more)

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Swimming  Scuba

VIMAS hosts a Learn to Swim Program for Virgin Island's youth with the intent to foster awareness and appreciation for the marine environment that can later translate into potential careers within this field of science. Students that complete this program and are at least 12 years of age, can receive scuba training to further open internship and career opportunities within the marine sciences. (Click the button below to learn more)

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Coastweeks  mangroves

Through Coastweeks, VIMAS in collaboration with other partners, hosts beach cleanups throughout the territory whilst collecting valuable data on the types and quantities of debris removed which aids with legislative action to combat marine debris issues. Additionally, VIMAS coordinates the Mangrove Restoration project which engages members of the V.I. community to assist with the replanting and monitoring efforts of red mangroves at various locations around St. Thomas. (Click any of the buttons below to learn more)

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reef fest Glass cullets

Reef Fest (left) is an annual event that focuses on highlighting local organizations and businesses that work to address environmental issues within the Virgin Islands. Participants at Reef Fest can interact with various organizations, sample sustainable seafood appetizers like lionfish, hear from researchers from UVI, and win cool prizes through our raffle. The USVI Glass Recovery Program (right) aims to crush glass beverage bottles back into sand and glass cullets which are being used in several applications such as the creation of sandbags to aid with hurricane preparation efforts territory-wide. (Click any of the buttons below to learn more)

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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

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