Marine and environmental education

The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS), a part of the University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program, is located within the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) at the University of the Virgin Islands. VIMAS was established on the St. Thomas campus of UVI in 1984 and on St. Croix in 1990.

VIMAS engages educators, students, governmental/non-governmental entities, as well as the general public to raise awareness about various environmental concerns such as non-point source pollution, invasive species, climate change, and coral reef health. VIMAS also partners with the Caribbean Regional Association (CaRA) and the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System (CariCOOS) which provides real-time data on coastal weather patterns.

VIMAS activities

Activity Description Program location Date
Coast Weeks Beach cleanups St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John September 19th - October 31st 2015
Reef Fest Community engagement and entertainment St. Thomas November 7th and 8th 2015
Environmental Learning Outside the Classroom (ELOC) Outdoors field trips for students to learn about the environment St. Thomas Can be scheduled anytime
Coral Reef Discovery Week A week-long summer camp where students learn about marine science St. Thomas July

VIMAS highlights

Take a look at marine life found at Brewers Bay and Perseverance Bay. Schedule your next VIMAS activity and be a part of the excitement!

Contact us

Coordinator Location E-mail Phone number
Howard Forbes Jr. St. Thomas

Office: 340-693-1672
Cell: 340-13-7203
Marcia Taylor St. Croix


Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
University of the Virgin Islands
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas 00802
Facebook: Center for marine and environmental studies
Twitter: @UVI_VIMAS