As the quick pace of technology brings constant change to how we communicate and interact, and as coral reef conservation has grown and gained an increased digital presence online and on social media, there is not the same need for a central “reef connect” page as when this page was first created. We will maintain this static page for a period of time and then dissolve this page. Be sure to bookmark any of your favorite links below in your browser so that you can return to them in the future without Reef Connect.
REEF CONNECT IS CHANGING!

Welcome

Our Focus

Have you ever wondered what you can do to contribute to coral reef conservation? Reef Connect hopes to spread the word in the Virgin Islands on how everyone can do their part to support coral reefs.

Coral Restoration

Coral restoration is growing in the territory with multiple agencies and organizations involved. Use the links below to learn more about what restoration efforts are being carried out in the USVI.

Learn about what Coral World is doing for coral restoration in St. Thomas.

Learn about the East End Marine Park restoration efforts in St. Croix.

Learn about what the University of the Virgin Islands is doing for coral restoration in St. Thomas.

Coral Hub
(Coming Soon)

Learn about The Nature Conservancy’s Restoration Program in the USVI.

Nursery Volunteer Training
(Coming Soon)

Want to know more about coral restoration? Check out the Reef Resilience Network and this instructional video.

Reef Responsible

Reef Responsible asks restaurants and fishers to choose “reefsponsible” fish to catch and promote. Check out the links below to see how you can get involved.

Visit Us on Facebook!

 

Visit our FB page to stay up to date on Reef Responsible trainings and events.

Reef Responsible Program Summary

Download the Reef Responsible Fish List and Calendar!

Fish Fact Cards

Download the Reef Responsible Fish Fact Cards.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

For more info on nationwide efforts to promote sustainable seafood check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium site.

BleachWatch

BleachWatch has joined forces with the VI Hunt for Coral Disease and the USVI Coral Disease Advisory Committee to provide one place for divers and snorkelers to report any unhealthy corals. Rather than being its own database, BleachWatch data can be submitted directly to the coral health report. Check out the training presentation to learn more about bleaching and disease and how you can help.

 

USVI Disease and Bleaching Website

 

Submit reports of bleaching or disease here!

Learn about disease and bleaching in the USVI.

NOAA Coral Reef Watch Website

 

Marine Protected Areas

The Marine Protected Areas of the Virgin Islands are established to protect ecosystems, preserve cultural resources and sustain fisheries. Learn more about each park at the links below.

Virgin Islands National Park

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Covering both ridgetops and reefs in St. John, the Virgin Islands National Park provides protection and preservation for birds, fish, corals and other marine life as well as 800 species of plants.

 

St. Thomas East End Reserve

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Located on the southeast end of St. Thomas, this reserve is home to significant coastal, marine, and fisheries resources including mangrove forests, salt ponds, seagrass beds, lagoons, coral reefs and cays.

VI Coral Reef National Monument

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Spanning twenty square miles of waters around St. John, the Coral Reef National Monument protects a large system of coral reefs as well as mangrove forests and seagrass beds.

Buck Island Reef National Monument

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First protected by Presidential proclamation in 1961, Buck Island and the surrounding reefs support a variety of native flora and fauna, nature trails above and below water, and white sand beaches.

Salt River Bay National Park

In addition to the mangroves, estuaries, coral reefs and a submarine canyon, Salt River also hosts prehistoric and colonial era archaeological sites and ruins.

East End Marine Park

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The first and largest territorial marine park, the St. Croix East End Marine Park protects 17 miles of coastline and the largest island barrier reef system in the Caribbean.

For more information on what to do and who to call concerning marine issues check out the USVI Conservation Resource Guide.

10 Things You can do for Coral Reefs

  • Conserve Energy
  • Avoid harsh chemicals
  • Get informed
  • Shop wisely
  • Don’t touch or anchor on the reef
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: especially plastics!
  • Choose sustainable seafood
  • Vote for conservation
  • Support conservation organizations
  • Volunteer