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Reef Tips: 2017 Coral Reef Summer Internship

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Aug 25, 2017

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Reef Tips: Garapan Watershed Warriors

In: Coral Reef Initiative
May 17, 2017

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Fran Houk, James Manglona, and MINA Tasi Watch Rangers receive awards!

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Sep 30, 2016

  Division of Coastal Resources Management Director Fran Castro Houk, forester James Manglona and the Tasi Watch Rangers of the Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance were honored last week for their “outstanding contributions to coral reef conservation.” Houk, Manglona and the MINA Tasi Watch Rangers, Julius Reyes and Wayne Dawe, received their awards during the second day of the 2016 U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meeting at the Hyatt Regency Guam on Friday. Houk and Manglona were commended for...

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Tanapag students donate $1K to Micronesia Challenge

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Aug 5, 2016

STUDENTS from Tanapag Middle School’s Micronesia Challenge Club donated $1,000 of their club funds to the CNMI Micronesia Challenge Endowment Fund on Thursday to help fulfill the commonwealth’s $2 million endowment fund commitment. Recognizing the importance of conserving the islands’ natural resources, the donation is the students’ way of showing their support for the Micronesia Challenge. The check was presented by the students to former Lt. Gov. Diego T. Benavente, the CNMI board member for the Micronesia Conservation...

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2016 Tinian Ridge to Reef Camp

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jul 24, 2016

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Coral Spawning in the Moonlight

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jul 15, 2016

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Reef Report

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jun 8, 2016

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KHS students learn about Ridge to Reef concept

In: Coral Reef Initiative
May 10, 2016

“IT is our generations’ responsibility to be good stewards of the land, even if it means we plant one tree at a time,” said Anette Pladevega, Kagman High School science teacher. Her students are learning about Ridge to Reef, a conversation concept that shows how land use directly affects the health of the coral reef. Last week on Friday, she and her students planted trees at the Laolao Bay re-vegetation site designated by the Bureau of Environmental and...

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Torres meets with US Coral Reef Task Force in DC

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Feb 23, 2016

(Office of the CNMI Governor)  — Kicking off a series of meetings and ongoing dialogue between Washington, D.C. officials and state representatives, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres addressed members of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force during their 35th annual meeting in the nation’s capital.  “Coral reefs are very important to our economy, our communities and our way of life, and it is my obligation to continue in this path to protect our resources for the benefit of present and future...

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Plant rain gardens, save our lagoon!

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Feb 2, 2016

“A rain garden is planted in a depression or a dip and works to collect rainwater draining of roads and walkways. As rainwater flows downhill, the rain garden catches pollutants and sediment that might otherwise end up in our oceans,” said BECQ Coral Reef Initiative Education and Outreach Coordinator Jihan Buniag. “This is a multi-partnership project, that we are excited to share with TMS students so they can learn how watersheds work, how the land and sea are connected,...

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Remengesau urges students to preserve ocean

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jan 28, 2016

Palau's President, Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr, who was a driving force behind establishing the Micronesia Challenge, spoke to CNMI's students and government leaders yesterday at PIC, urging them to protect our oceans!

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Bill setting fees for tourists visiting MPAs heads to Senate

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Dec 22, 2015

A bill to authorize the Department of Lands and Natural Resources to assess fees on tourists visiting marine protected areas in order to fund conversation efforts passed the House of Representatives yesterday.  House Bill 19-105, authored by Rep. Angel Demapan (R-Saipan), passed with all 20 House members approving the bill, including amendments. A bill to authorize the Department of Lands and Natural Resources to assess fees on tourists visiting marine protected areas in order to fund conversation efforts passed...

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Marine Biologist I, Full TIme

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Dec 22, 2015

The CNMI Division of Coastal Resources Management is seeking to hire a full-time Marine Biologist to work in the Long-Term Marine Monitoring Program (LTMMP). The LTMMP assesses and monitors the health of coral reefs and associated marine habitats across the CNMI. The data collected by the LTMMP provide crucial information on the natural and anthropogenic stressors impacting marine ecosystems, the factors contributing to reef resilience and vulnerability, and the efficacy of specific management actions. This information then feeds into adaptive...

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85 percent of staghorn corals in Saipan Lagoon have died

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Nov 5, 2015

In the CNMI, AIC reported that coral reef resources were severely impacted by consecutive thermal stress events in 2013 and 2014. Approximately 85 percent of staghorn corals in the Saipan Lagoon have died as indicated by recent surveys. The report added that low diversity, shallow-water coral assemblages across the remote Northern Islands suffered similar fates. Typhoon Soudelor, which made a direct hit on Saipan last August, also had an impact on coral reefs. In the CNMI, AIC...

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NMI students learn about nature’s treasures

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Apr 15, 2015

STUDENTS from public and private schools learned new things about the islands’ natural resources and how various agencies of the CNMI government are taking care of them during the first day of the Bureau of Environmental Quality’s Environmental Expo at American Memorial Park on Tuesday. In an interview, ‎BECQ coral reef project coordinator Avra Heller said the first day of the event was a success. “It looks like the children are really enjoying it. They get to learn...

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Government agencies discuss progress on Garapan watershed conservation action plan

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Mar 11, 2015

Yesterday at the Pacific Islands Club, BECQ wrapped up a two-day workshop with various government agencies such as the Department of Public Works, the Saipan mayor’s office and the Department of Land and Natural Resources. This is the 2nd year of the Garapan watershed conservation action plan which was drafted by various government agencies in partnership with BECQ in 2013. The ideas discussed during the workshop held this week will be used by the agencies to update the...

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US All Islands Committee urges stronger federal-local ties for coral reef protection

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Mar 3, 2015

In light of global climate events, the U.S. All Island Coral Reef Committee urges the “immediate elevation” of the climate change issue within the federal government, among other issues, in a recent report. AIC asked the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force to “be a voice in pushing for the immediate elevation of the climate change issue within the federal government.” “Immediate action is needed by the federal government to take on this carbon emission challenges. Inaction is simply...

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Islandwide cleanup gathers 8.6 tons of trash

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Oct 8, 2014

Close to 1,400 people across CNMI worked together to collect over 9.8 TONS of trash in participation with the Ocean Conservancy's 29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup to keep our oceans litter free.  Please continue these efforts to protect our oceans and coasts by joining our adopt-a-beach program! Interested groups and individuals should contact Jihan Buniag at  jihanbuniag@deq.gov.mp  or 664.8513 for more information.

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Community joins BECQ Snorkels event

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Aug 28, 2014

About 35 children and adults joined the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality’s second free CNMI Snorkels event at the Kilili Beach Park in Susupe.

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DCRM outreach promotes stewardship among marine sport operators

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jul 16, 2014

The Division of Coastal Resources Management held a forum last month for the island’s marine sport operators and its beach side operators as part of efforts to make them better stewards of the environment.  

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BECQ launches new coral reef website

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jul 11, 2014

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A Social Marketing Capaign in Saipan Targets Litter in Laolao Bay

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jul 8, 2014

“Taking care of Laolao Bay is important because it is a big part of our community and cultural identity.” Fran Castro, CNMI Divison of Coastal Resources Management   The success of the campaign has led the CNMI Governor's Tourism Task Force and Anti-Litter Team to plan an island-wide, anti-litter campaign that will use several Our Laolao marketing strategies. 

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Students, other community members join snorkels event

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Apr 1, 2014

CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality along with MINA and Let's Move Marianas hosted the first ever CNMI SNORKELS event on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

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BECQ launches storm drain art contest

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Feb 19, 2014

PROFESSIONAL and amateur artists “who want to make a difference” are invited to show their talent and compete in the mural painting contest to cover the storm drains in the Garapan area. “We wish to convey to residents and visitors the importance of not dumping into our storm drains. Many people assume that stormwater flows to our sewer treatment plant for processing, which it doesn’t."

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Micronesian leaders tackle climate change, human trafficking

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jan 26, 2014

Amid a backdrop of high healthcare costs, eroding coastlines, skyrocketing air transportation costs and what the United States considers either a target destination for or source of human trafficking, nine Micronesian presidents and governors gathered on Saipan from December 4 to 6 for a regional summit that tackled issues of common concerns and options to address them. In the end, they vowed to continue working together, underscoring this year’s summit theme, “With the sea, we are one.”

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Bureau administrator appoints DEQ, DCRM directors

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jan 17, 2014

Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality administrator Frank M. Rabauliman appointed on Monday David Rosario as director for the Division of Environmental Quality and Fran Castro as director for the Division of Coastal Resources Management, a day after the effective date of the governor’s executive order merging DEQ and CRM Office under one bureau.

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US EPA backs DEQ, CRM merger

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jan 7, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not only backs the merger of the Division of Environmental Quality and the Coastal Resources Management but also describes it as “unquestionably a precedent-setting move and will undoubtedly bring recognition to the CNMI in their continuing role as a leader in the Pacific territories.”

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Christmas in the Marianas: Laolao Bay Lulu and Managaha Manny join the Parade of Floats!

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jan 1, 2014

Laolao Bay Pride Campaign and Managaha Sanctuary Pride Campaign mascots, Laolao Bay Lulu and Managaha Manny, partnered with the CNMI Girl Scouts in Saipan’s Parade of Floats, on December 21st, to celebrate the official opening of the Christmas season.

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Inos pushes for better management of coral reefs at task force meeting

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Nov 19, 2013

Gov. Eloy S. Inos joined U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John de Jongh, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, American Samoa Lt. Gov. Lemanu Mauga and key territory officials at the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force’s 30th meeting at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Great Hall. In his opening remarks, Inos quickly pointed to the emerging threat of climate change and the impact it is anticipated to make globally.

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Kids get a blast from Ridge to Reef Summer program

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Jul 25, 2013

Whoever said classes are out during summer obviously haven’t taken part in the American Memorial Park’s Ridge to Reef Summer program. For a week, the 17 students who took part in the environmental education program learned to understand the interconnectedness between land and sea, which is the basic premise of the Ridge to Reef Summer program.

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