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The United States Virgin Islands is home to some of the best sports fishing in the world. The abundance of fish, the beautiful waters, and the perfect climate draw thousands of visitors each year to enjoy our seas. NBE recognized a need to introduce students on the island of Saint Thomas to the Marine Industry. To fill this void NBE in conjunction with Caribbean Rose and the Virgin Islands Department of Education, established the Marine Vocational Program (MVP) to teach sports fishing skills to high school students on the island of St. Thomas, USVI.
Courses are taught by Captain Eddie Morrison and mate Travis 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. In 2012, he won the Second Annual Billfish Tournament for Haiti. He placed second in the Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament in 1995 and 2004. In 2005, he placed third in the Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament.
Several students to date have received certificates for their participation and completion of the course. Interested high school students, on the island of St. Thomas, can contact their Guidance counselor about the program. To view the course description, click here.
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, and 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.