Mariana Trench Marine National Monument Designation

In late 2007/early 2008, the goal was to extend conservation status to the waters surrounding Asuncion, Maug, and Uracus. In 2005, the Commonwealth Constitution designated these islands as wildlife refuges in perpetuity, but the protections stop at the shoreline. In our proposal, we asked President George W. Bush to protect the marine ecosystems surrounding the three northernmost islands of Uracus, Maug, and Asuncion as a marine national monument sanctuary, in accordance with the Antiquities Act of 1906 and that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, through its National Marine Sanctuaries Program, be the federal agency that administers, co-manages, and enforces the monument, along with the (Commonwealth). As the eastern corner of our proposed area included a large portion of the Mariana Trench, we began referring to our proposal as the Mariana Trench Monument.

Heartwired Ocean Messaging

By taking part in the Heartwired to Love the Ocean training program, FOMT is able to  wire its communication to the heart and ocean spirit of the CNMI so that we can better serve the community and develop more Ocean Lovers.

Mariana Trench National Marine Sanctuary Nomination

Since 2008, the Friends of the Mariana Trench have been working tirelessly to achieve a National Marine Sanctuary designation for the Mariana Trench; this would unlock new and exciting opportunities to preserve and protect our home.

(2016 – present)

Fishing Demonstration & Careers in Conservation

At FOMT’s upcoming fishing workshop, we’ll collaborate with the DFW Retirees Association to host a fishing workshop open to all members of the CNMI community.


Enhancing Our Messaging With Native Voices

Any sustainable conservation effort is led and executed by the local people; FOMT strives to create conservation jobs for budding local professionals hungry for an opportunity to prove themselves while serving their community.

(Fall 2020)

Mariana Trench Photo Exhibit

What lies at the bottom of the Mariana Trench is one of the great mysteries of the world. The Mariana Trench Photo Exhibit was our way of bringing that mystery to the surface.

(2018 – present)

CNMI Underwater Robotics Shop

FOMT partnered with organizations across the islands and the continental United States to bring underwater robotic technology to the CNMI.

(April 2018)

Capacity Building

With the help of the National Wildlife Refuge Service, FOMT reformed the building blocks that make up our ever-evolving identity as an organization.

(2020 – Present)

Military EIS Response

When federal plans pose a threat to the CNMI’s community, culture, and natural environment, FOMT takes action to educate the public and ensure the voice of the local community is heard.

(2015 – present)