"Promoting reef conservation & environmental awareness in the Virgin Islands"

Reef Fest is an annual event coordinated by various organizations to include the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service, the Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, and Blue Flag USVI aimed at raising environmental education and awareness within the Virgin Islands community. The theme for this year is "From Land to Sea" which encompasses topics such as sustainable seafooding, marine debris, coral bleaching, and mangrove protection. Within sustainable seafooding, we intend to educate multiple restaurants on St. Thomas in the practice of supporting local fisheries, keeping updated / seasonal seafood menus, incorporating invasive species (that are detrimental to overall ecosystem health) in recipes, and reducing the use of single use plastic items (plastic bags, straws, styrofoam, single use plastic bottles). Supporting these practices and promoting their benefits for the environment are crucial parts in securing marine ecosystem health and hosting a sustainable environment for our tourism industry. 
At Reef Fest, there will be live musical entertainment, prize giveaways, and much more! 


- EXHIBITOR INFORMATION -  

ENVIRONMENTAL BOOTHS

At Reef Fest, various organizations will participate by having booths or engage the public in demonstrations about some of the work that their organization conducts. There is no fee to register as an exhibitor and we encourage participation from organizations who may not directly have a focus with the marine environment (such as the St. Thomas Humane Society who in 2018 hosted a pet therapy booth) but may fit in with the general theme for that particular year. 
Interested persons or groups can register by clicking the following link: EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION to access the form where they can register as an exhibitor for Reef Fest.
The deadline for exhibitor registration is March 1st, 2019. 

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Staff from the Department of Fish and Wildlife conducting a lionfish dissection to educate the community about the lionfish and our goals to promote it as a sustainable seafood source in the territory.

SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD EXHIBITS

Reef Fest invites restaurants and chefs to prepare seafood dishes using sustainable seafood. As part of the Reef Responsible program, restaurants are encouraged to use fish that are caught within season as well as promoting the consumption of the invasive lionfish. Interested persons or groups can register by clicking the following link: SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD REGISTRATION to access the form where they can register as an exhibitor for Reef Fest.
The deadline for exhibitor registration is March 1st, 2019. 

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Staff from Brix Wine Bar and Bistro preparing sustainable seafood during Reef Fest 2018 for participants to sample. 

REEF RAP AND TRASHION SHOW 

Students in grades K-12 can also participate in activities at Reef Fest such as the Reef Rap and Trashion Show competitions. These activities are a great way for students to demonstrate their love for the environment either through song or via recycling. Interested school groups can register by clicking the following link: SCHOOL GROUP REGISTRATION to access the form where they can register as an exhibitor for Reef Fest.
The deadline for exhibitor registration is March 1st, 2019. 

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-SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION-

Businesses and other organizations within the community can donate to Reef Fest in a variety of ways. Donations can be items that are raffled during the event (proceeds generated support the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program) or could be cash or in-kind services that assist with the planning and organization of the event. Interested persons can fill out the following SPONSORSHIP REQUEST FORM to help out with Reef Fest. 

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