Students, other community members join snorkels event

In: Coral Reef Initiative
Apr 1, 2014

ELEMENTARY and high school students as well as other members of the community enjoyed a morning of watching marine life and learning about coastal resources at Susupe Beach on Saturday morning.

A group of seniors from Marianas High School also learned why it is dangerous to throw trash and dump garbage in the ocean.


The CNMI Snorkels Event held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon was hosted by the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, Let’s Move Marianas and the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance.

BECQ provided snorkel sets for those who didn’t have their own, and the snorkelers started at the shore next to Naked Fish and swam all the way to the World War II tank in the lagoon and back.

BECQ coral reef project coordinator Avra Heller said they chose that particular beach because the water was not deep so even non-swimmers could snorkel and easily stand up to wade in the water.

Let’s Move Marianas campaign chairwoman Amber Mendiola of the Division of Public Health said they joined BECQ and MINA to encourage community members not only to snorkel and have fun but also engage in physical activities.

“It’s good exercise for everyone and they had fun,” Mendiola said.

Three marine biologists from BECQ — Denise Perez, Steven Johnson and Lyza Johnston — answered the students’ questions about marine life and the environment.

MINA volunteers led by event coordinator Catherine Shai distributed pamphlets and flyers about the Managaha Pride campaign and the other projects that aim to protect the environment.

Naked Fish Bar & Restaurant offered a 15 percent discount for lunch to all the participants of the snorkels event.