The first CNMI-wide Coastal Cleanup kicks off tomorrow! We've had an amazing response from the public and private sector. Just on Saipan, more than 600 individuals and 25 groups have signed up to reduce the amount of marine debris entering the ocean.
Three marine debris learning stations: Wing Beach, Jeffrey's Beach and 13 Fishermen will be set up to help educate the public as well as engage them in this cleanup. It's important that we not only respond to the marine debris problem but also work to prevent it.
As part of the Ocean Conservancy's program, we've asked participants to collect data on the types and amount of debris observed. The Conservancy compiles this information into a worldwide marine debris report: http://www.oceanconservancy.org
Learn more about marine debris: http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/