Talakhaya Revegetation Project
CNMI is home to 256 coral species.
CRI Ecologist, Dr. Ryan Okano, on a survey dive
Laolao Bay Revegetation Site
Elementary school students get hands on experience with the Size Matters Campaign
Talakhaya Revegetation Project
Katilin Mattos, CRI Watershed Coordinator, surveying the Talakhaya Revegetation Project with James Manglona of Rota Forestry

NOAA CRCPThe CNMI Coral Reef Initiative (CRI) was founded in 2003 in partnership with NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program. The CRI is a cross-agency initiative between the Division of Coastal Resources Management, the Division of Environmental Quality, and the Division of Fish and Wildlife. These agencies work together to protect and preserve CNMI's coral reef ecosystems and ensure responsible management of these resources. This work is achieved through biological monitoring, habitat restoration, research, enforcement, and education and outreach.

Our Work


2015 CRI Summer Interns' Conservation Messages

We had a great time this summer with the 2015 Coral Reef Initiative internship participants! This summer14 interns held various positions with DFW, BECQ-CRM, MINA, DLNR, and NOAA learning about the various ways our government and partners work to protect CNMI's precious natural resources. 

Check out this fun video of the CRI intern cohort (and CNMI Micronesia Challenge Young Champion Carey Demapan) during a field trip to the Managaha Marine Conservation Area! How many of these bright young CNMI stars do you know or recognize?

The video was compiled and edited by CRI intern Romana Chong. Original song by Nikkie Ayuyu

 (Photo below is a link.)

CRI Interns 2015 Conservation Video


  • Delfin Camacho – worked with DCRM Enforcement, monitoring enforcement and compliance of permitted projects and marine sports activities.

  • Miso Sablan and Andrew Johnson – Conducted reef flat surveys looking for signs of coral disease with the CNMI Marine Monitoring Team based at BECQ

  • Nikkie Ayuyu and Anathalia David – conducted marine debris education outreach and research, with MINA (Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance – a key partner NGO)

  • Erick Dela Rosa and Max Garcia – worked with the DLNR Sea Turtle team conducting nest surveys and monitoring as well as in-water live capture and tagging of sea turtles

  • Kallie O’Conner, Jacklyn Garote, Romana Chong – Designed and assisted in implementation of various MPA education and outreach strategies, with the MPA Coordinator based at DFW

  • Austin Piteg and Mary Fem Urena – worked with the CNMI NOAA field office staff conducting water quality and seagrass monitoring along the length of the Saipan lagoon.

  • Eric Cepeda and Ian Iriarte –  Worked with DFW fisheries department on various fishery biology and tourist –interaction projects. 


Reef Tips: 2017 Coral Reef Summer Internship

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Aug 25, 2017