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Media Invited to Cover & Photograph NOAA Marine Debris Teacher Workshop

Photo Promoting Teacher Marine Debris Worshop

Members of the media are invited to cover and photograph the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Teacher Workshop.  Local teachers throughout the territory will participate in workshops and share the lessons they taught youth on dealing with and eliminating Marine Debris.

“The Virgin Islands recently experienced the impacts of two devastating category five hurricanes, which have magnified our existing issues with marine debris and other land-based sources of pollution,” said Howard Forbes Jr., St. Thomas coordinator for the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS).  “This workshop is a culmination of a year-long project designed to equip educators in the territory with new and engaging curricula that is place-based and will educate the youth about marine debris, its impacts, and how we can address this issue.”

Educators from both St. Thomas and St. Croix will be part of a panel discussion on marine debris. They will provide crucial feedback on the curricula created from the last workshop. Their work will be finalized and disseminated throughout the Virgin Islands community. The work that teachers create will be shared with the VI Department of Education and be available to other agencies worldwide.

Lessons on Marine debris will be implemented into the educational system so that students will learn about marine debris and how it has impacted marine life.  This workshop is hosted by researchers and staff at the University of the Virgin Islands.

What:             NOAA Marine Debris Teacher Workshop

When:             Friday, March 9, 2018

Time:               9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:            UVI’s Administration and Conference Center - First Floor – St. Thomas Campus                              

Contact:          UVI Public Relations Office (340) 693-1059