Virgin Islands Fishing & Outdoors

   A MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR

Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the United States Virgin Islands is home to a wide variety of marine life. Many of the world’s most precious aquatic animals find solace and protection in our beautiful waters, including migrating whales and nesting sea turtles. Although Hurricanes Irma and Maria threatened both human and marine life, the Virgin Islands remains America’s Paradise.

These islands offer unique experiences for residents and visitors including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and sports fishing. Our balmy weather and constant tradewinds ensure our place as the premier destination for world-class sailing competitions. Anglers will appreciate the blue marlin, wahoo, king mackerel and tuna that abound in our waters.

We are entrusted with maintaining our breathtaking shorelines and pristine aquatic environment with laws that defend our coastal zone and have recently implemented a ban on single use plastic bags to help protect marine life. As our community learns more about how climate change affects our islands, we strive to both prepare and implement best practices.

Whether you are a day tripper or spending the season with us, we are pleased to share our paradise and truly hope you enjoy your time here.

Sincerely,


Kenneth E. Mapp, Governor

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