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CRM director to vacate post in June

THE director of the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality’s Division of Coastal Resources Management, Fran Castro, will be vacating her post in June.

The administration said Castro announced her decision to leave the agency to relocate to Guam with husband Dr. Peter Houk, who is a marine biology professor at the University of Guam.

Fran Castro

Castro has been working as an environmental advocate and conservation proponent for 20 years.

Gov. Ralph Torres, in a statement on Thursday, commended Castro for her years of public service and environmental advocacy.

“Fran’s public service career has spanned more than a quarter of a century and, during that time, she has made tremendous contributions to the CNMI. In addition to helping secure millions in federal and non-federal grants, Fran’s leadership and knowledge have raised the commonwealths profile within regional and national environmental arenas,” the governor said.

“Her positions on high level boards and committees have also given us a greater say in the management and administration of our unique natural resources. On the local level, we have come to rely heavily on Fran’s strategic thinking and depth of experience in conservation practice and coral reef protection. Her departure from BECQ is not just a great loss to that agency, but also for the CNMI,” the governor added.

He thanked Castro for her service to the CNMI and wished her well in her next endeavor.

“Although she is moving to Guam, Fran has mentioned that she will continue to call Saipan her home and promises to make frequent visits. No matter her future endeavors, I am very confident she will continue to be a passionate advocate for the environment and for the CNMI wherever she goes.”

Castro has been the CRM director for three years. She also served as program manager for DEQ’s Nonpoint Source Pollution and Marine Monitoring Program.

She previously worked for the Office of Planning and Budget, the Office of the Attorney General and the CNMI Superior Court before joining DEQ.

She is one of the founders of the Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance.