Caribbean Rose is proud to announce that the 2018 season of the MVP (Marine Vocational Program) started on December 1, 2018. Several high school students signed up to participate. There will be six classes in total. To view the course description click here.  The students are Andre Benjamin, Makani Lewis, Mauricio Francis, Mwamini Frett, Wilah-Marie Baptiste, and Alia Laws. All students attend the St. Thomas/ St. John Seventh-day Adventist School.

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 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 the Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament aboard the Marlin Prince.

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 the Atlantic Blue 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. 


On September 6, 2017, category 5 Hurricane Irma devastated the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. On September 20, 2017, another category 5 hurricane, Hurricane Maria, also hit both regions. The Marlin Prince, the boat used for training, was severally damaged. Public schools throughout the territory were also severally damaged. Because of this, the 2017-2018 had to be postponed. The MVP (Marine Vocational Program) will be back for the 2018-2019 season. Several past students have benefited from the skills learned from the MVP (Marine Vocational Program). Here is a testimonial from one of our previous students:

"I enrolled in the Marlin Prince’s MVP program on the recommendation of my high school Marine Industry teacher. It proved to be one of the best decisions I have made thus far in my short life. The program itself was both fun and life-altering. With the expertise of Capt. Eddie Morrison and his then first mate and son Travis Morrison, my classmates and I were transformed from novices into professional anglers, marine maintenance specialists, and small-time captains. The exercises conducted ranged from drying the boat, learning to set up lines and waxing to fishing (with the same lines we rigged) and learning to dock the 24’ “little sister” boat the “Marlin etc..” It was a thoroughly fulfilling experience to be able to participate in such a program.

However, it does not end there.

Due to my involvement in the MVP program, I was able to secure multiple jobs in & around the marine industry. Ranging from apprenticing with an experienced marine painter for an extended period of time to a short stint with a veteran marine diesel mechanic. I am currently employed with IGY Marinas American Yacht Harbor, employment which I can say is a direct result of my participation in the MVP program. Prior to enrolling in the MVP program, I had never set foot on a sports fishing boat or any boat except the public ferries. Now I aspire to one day traverse the seas on my own vessel, that is how profoundly the MVP program has influenced my life."

 

                                                                                                                                                                                 -D.Carroll 
                                                                                                                                                                                  5-29-2018

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:

  1. Ship and Boat Captains
  2. Coast Guard
  3. Fish and Game Wardens
  4. Tourist Guide
  5. Mates - ship, boat, or barge


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.

MVP (Marine Vocational Program)