Howard Forbes Jr.
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.