Multilingual Educational Videos on Marine Debris in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Now Available Online
JULY 13, 2020 — In June, the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) added multilingual educational videos on marine debris in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to the MDP's multimedia resources online.
Numerous barriers to proper waste management lead to the littering and illegal dumping of trash in Saipan, the capital and the most populous island of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This is a primary source of marine debris on the island. With support from a NOAA Marine Debris Community-based Removal Grant, the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA), expanded local waste management infrastructure by installing mixed-waste and recycling bins at seven locations on Saipan.
To raise awareness and build community engagement and support, MINA also implemented a Marine Debris Education and Outreach Campaign. As part of this campaign, MINA conducted education and outreach at community events, as well as leading bimonthly beach cleanups with bin sponsors and community groups. The project also produced a marine debris educational video, available in English, Chamorro, and Carolinian, the two indigenous languages of CNMI.
For more information, contact Shanelle.Naone@noaa.gov.