"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! 


Reef Fest 2019

  • Reef Fest is currently scheduled for April 27th, 2019 at Yacht Haven Grande from 11 AM to 5 PM.
  • The event is Free and will feature activities for youth and adults.
  • You can download the 2019 REEF FEST FLYER by clicking the "REEF FEST text.  







EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION 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. 


SUSTAINABLE SHOWDOWN REGISTRATION VI Clean Coasts Sustainable Showdown EXHIBITS, DPNR Coastal Zone Management and Reef Fest invites local businesses and chefs to prepare dishes using sustainable seafood and local produce. As part of the VI Clean Coasts program, we encourage you to show the community how sustainable your business is through this fun competition. Exhibitors will be provided lionfish and are encouraged to source the remainder of their ingredients from local farmers.


SCHOOL GROUP REGISTRATION Students in grades K-12 can also participate in activities at Reef Fest such as the Reef Rap, Trashion Show, and Art Contest competitions. These activities are a great way for students to demonstrate their love for the environment either through the arts.


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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