Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands John Starmer

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Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands John Starmer CNMI CRMO

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands John Starmer CNMI CRMO

Pacific Marine Resources Institute 2007

Pacific Marine Resources Institute 2007

Background • Population- 60, 000 • Size- 600 km • EEZ- 758, 121 km

Background • Population- 60, 000 • Size- 600 km • EEZ- 758, 121 km 2 • 14 islands • Ethnicity • Economy • US Commonwealth

Houk & Van Woesick 2008

Houk & Van Woesick 2008

Major Environmental Issues • NPS Pollution • Overfishing • Lack of Awareness • Development

Major Environmental Issues • NPS Pollution • Overfishing • Lack of Awareness • Development • Data Gaps

Federal Data Collection • • • EMO/NOAA NWS- Surf Observations NASA- Satellite Imaging Systems

Federal Data Collection • • • EMO/NOAA NWS- Surf Observations NASA- Satellite Imaging Systems NOAA CRED- Biological, Oceanographic NOAA VENTS- Marine Volcanoes USGS? - Tide Station, Saipan USGS- Volcanoes NOAA CHAMP-ICON USGS- Stream gauges USACOE-Wave Height? ?

Local Data Collection • • • CPA- Meteorological Stations at Airports CRM&NPS- Shoreline Erosion

Local Data Collection • • • CPA- Meteorological Stations at Airports CRM&NPS- Shoreline Erosion DEQESL- Physical & Bacterial WQ DLNR DFW- Forest & Protected Area Surveys CRM & EMO- Govt. GIS server (ARCIMS) CNMI MMT (DEQ&CRM) – SST, WQ trends, ecological – resilience, habitat mapping, – WQ mapping, watershed modeling

Programatic Goals • Capacity Building- People, Training, Tools • Radio-linked WQ monitoring network by

Programatic Goals • Capacity Building- People, Training, Tools • Radio-linked WQ monitoring network by 2010 • Build Physical Environmental Data- Meteorology, Oceanography • Systems Level View- Watershed, Island, Archipelago, Region • Genetic Connectivity • Predictive GIS Models Houk et al, 2007