The Virgin Islands is home to some of the best sports fishing in the world. The abundance of fish, the beautiful waters, and perfect climate draw thousands of visitors each year to enjoy our seas. The Marine Vocational Program (MVP) recognizes the need to introduce, instruct, and include the children of the Virgin Islands in the marine industry and the sport.
Caribbean Rose, in conjunction with Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises, and The Virgin Islands Department of Education, established the MVP to teach sports wide-ranging fishing skills to high school students on the island of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. Captain Eddie Morrison, along with mate Travis Morrison, work with up to four-five students each semester. Several students to date have received hands-on knowledge and certificates for their participation and completion in the course. To view the course description click here.
Each session of the program will include four-five high school students. Those students will be enrolled in six sessions, each session will be focusing on a different aspect of sports fishing. Each student must be able to swim. One adult chaperone, also with the ability to swim, must accompany the students during each session. The adult chaperone will be provided by either the school or Caribbean Rose, Inc.
The instruction takes place at the American Yacht Harbor, St Thomas Virgin Islands, aboard the Marlin Prince. Each session will be designed to focus on an aspect of sports fishing, including tackle options, selection and use, boat maintenance, options, selection and preparation of baits, and fishing techniques. Students will be introduced to various species of fish, found both inshore and in the deep sea. The sessions will take place on either Saturdays or Sundays, depending on weather, and will take place over a number of months, as different aspects 0f the sport must be enjoyed and learned at different times.
Below are a few of the possible occupations that joining the MVP can lead into:
For the 2015-2016 season, five high school students received their certification in the course. Their names are Malachi Quetel, Ateyal Gordon, K'Von Joseph, Jamil Berthier & Davar Carroll. Classes were held on November 7, 2015, November 21, 2015, December 5, 2015, December 19, 2015, January 9, 2016, and January 23, 2016. Graduation was held on March 6, 2016.
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All courses are taught by Captain Eddie Morrison aboard the Marlin Prince. Captain Eddie Morrison received several prestigious awards in the territory. He was named Honorary Captain of the Year in 2010 by the Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament. In 2011, he won the First Annual Billfish Tournament for Haiti aboard the Marlin Prince. In 2012, he won the Second Annual Billfish Tournament for Haiti aboard the Marlin Prince. He placed second in the Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament in 1995 and 2004 aboard the Marlin Prince. In 2005, he placed third in AtlanticBlue Marlin Tournament aboard the Marlin Prince.
If you are a high school student interested in the MVP (Marine Vocational Program) on the island of St. Thomas, contact any guidance counselor at the Charlotte Amalie or Ivanna Eudora Kean High School about the program. For more information, feel free to contact Captain Eddie Morrison at 340-693-5929.
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