Ocean Week on St. John

Welcome to Ocean Week on St. John Seminar Series and Beach Clean Up!

Friends of VI Park's Ocean Week on St. John is part of the International Coastal Cleanup movement to harness the power of people to address the problem of ocean trash.  A passion for protecting our coastline and marine life is integral to what we do. Get involved!

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Monday, October 19th (12pm-1pm)
VINP Sea Turtle Monitoring and Protection Program (Friends VINP Adren Anderson & Willow Melamet)
In this virtual seminar you will hear updates on the Friends Sea Turtle Monitoring and Protection Program, including information on this year's favorite turtle mommas and nests-to-date. You will also have a chance to ask questions and learn more about the sea turtles of St. John. REGISTER HERE 


Tuesday, October 20th 10am-11am
The positive impact of protected waters (Danielle Olive, Fisheries Biologist DPNR)
In this virtual seminar meet Danielle Olive and learn about her fascinating research into the life-history traits and population connectivity of the Mutton Snapper. She'll tell you about her observations as to how their success depends on protected fisheries. Danielle is a graduate student at UVI and has been awarded the Friends of VI National Parks "Jeffrey Mathney Scholarship" for her academic studies. Most recently Danielle was hired by DPNR to serve as a Fisheries Biologist. REGISTER HERE

Wednesday Oct 21 at 12pm
“Coral in Crisis: How scientists are racing to stop a deadly disease” (Dr. Marilyn Brandt, UVI)
In this virtual seminar learn how  Dr. Marilyn Brandt's research helps coral restoration work today and strategies to help coral resiliency tomorrow. Dr. Brandt is a research associate professor of marine and environmental science at UVI and works on the frontlines of fighting the Stoney Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the Virgin Islands. REGISTER HERE

Thursday, October 22nd 12pm-1pm
Sunscreen choices that save coral reefs (Island Green Living)
In this virtual seminar learn what you can do to help give our corals a fighting chance. Harith Wickrema, President of the Board of Island Green will share information about the recently passed law that prohibits non-reef safe ingredients in the USVI and the huge promise the ban brings to protecting our coral reefs.

Help Keep Our Beaches Trash Free!

Let's Get Dirty!  Twice a year in April and October volunteers and sponsors get to work to keep St. John beaches clean!

April is Earth Month
In honor of Earth Day on April 22. 

Ocean Week (October)
In conjunction with Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup.

DRUNK BAY CLEAN UP -  Join the Friends on Saturday, October 17th, 2019 9am-12pm as we cleanup Drunk Bay.

Or sign up to ADOPT A BEACH with your own crew like the amazing folks below! 

Please contact us to let us know which beach you would like to help clean: Jennifer Stone, jstone@friendsvinp.org / (340) 779-4940.


Salomon - St. John Brewers, Kevin Chipman

Honeymoon Beach, Scott Beach and Henley Bay Beach - VI EcoTours, Sybille Sorrentino

Hawksnest Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Suki Buchalter

Jumbie - St. John Rotary, BJ Harris

Trunk Bay - Gifft Hill School, Jennifer Sampsell

Cinnamon Bay - Get Trashed St. John, Erin Lieb

Maho Bay - St. John Organics, Lisbeth Boger / Maho Crossroads

Princess Bay Virgin Islands Expedition Co, Michael Spivey

Francis Bay

Leinster Bay

Brown Bay

Haulover(N) - St. John Land Conservancy, Raf & Thia Muilenberg

Haulover(S)/Dreekets Bay - Reef2Peak, Jenn Russ

Salt Pond/Drunk Bay - Friends of VINP, Jennifer Stone

Great Lameshur Bay

Little Lameshur

Reef Bay


Klein Bay - Holiday Homes, Miles Stair

Hart Bay - Chocolate Hole Landowners Ass., John Hill

Great Cruz Bay

Frank Bay - Coconut Coast Studios, Elaine Estern

Cruz Bay - Julius Sprauve School

Privateer Bay - Island Green Living Association, Doug White

Europa Bay

Friis Bay

Denis Bay

Calabash Beach -Coral Bay Community Council,

Leduck Island

Kiddel Bay - Kelly and Jason Larkin

Durloe Cays

Stevens Cay

Grootpan Bay

Whistling Cay - Maya Pierce

Ocean Week 2019 Gallery

Thank you to everyone who adopted beaches, volunteered, picked up trash, and switched out their sunscreen for reef safe options!