Friends welcome opportunity to comment on Sanctuary nomination

Ocean advocates in the Marianas are welcoming an opportunity to provide comments on a review of the nomination for a national marine sanctuary in the Northern Mariana Islands.

“We have asked for a seat at the table when it comes to managing our natural resources,” said Representative Sheila Babauta. “And this is the federal government inviting us to participate.”

When opportunities to participate in federal processes like this occur, the Friends of the Mariana Trench have organized workshops and meetings to help the community be involved and have their voices heard. During this comment period we are working with scientists and community members to provide updates to our nomination, which we first submitted in 2016.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at or call (670) 483-3668.