The WWII Maritime Heritage Trail – Battle of Saipan is a collection of underwater heritage sites featuring Japanese and U.S. shipwrecks, assault vehicles, and aircraft wrecks from the Battle of Saipan (June-July 1944). The trail has become a popular attraction for swimmers, snorkelers and divers who wish to visit a part of Saipan’s WWII history underwater. They are not only unique archaeological sites but also have an abundance of marine life making them Saipan’s historical artificial reefs. Each site has been interpreted through an underwater, water-proof dive guide which is available for download on this website or on the island at several locations.
CNMI Department of Lands and Natural Resources, Guam Department of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources, PMRI and local volunteers are working to recover Mariana Islands sea turtle populations. Green, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles occur within our waters. Sea turtles were once plentiful throughout the archipelago, but today the nesting population has become severely depleted due to over harvest.
Although sea turtle resources are more abundant in near shore habitats, these turtles are mostly juveniles and once mature will migrate to beaches of Asia or other Pacific Island nations to nest. Turtles are an international shared resource and this makes their conservation and recovery challenging. Today, sea turtle species in the Marianas are listed as threatened or endangered with population levels continuing to decline due to continued human and environmental impacts.. We have a long way to go until local populations are at levels where they may be viable. - blog ihaggan.blogspot.com