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Fishing council commends Okeanos

THE Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council commended Okeanos Foundation for the Sea.

In her letter to Okeanos 
Foundation for the Sea Chief Operating Officer Dena Seidel, WesPac Executive Director Kitty Simonds commend the traditional sailors on the development of traditionally based vessels as a means to address climate change impacts.

WesPac had the opportunity to tour and enjoy a short trip board Okeanos Marianas before council convened here on Oct. 23.

Simonds further said that the use of traditional vessel was well demonstrated when Super Typhoon Yutu hit Saipan while the council was still on island.

“Yutu devastated Saipan and the nearby island of Tinian, closing ports and airports and leaving the island without electricity and thus without running water,” Simonds told Seidel.

 “As you know, typhoons are expected to increase in intensity in the future due to climate change. The Okeanos Marianas provides interisland passenger and cargo transport that can land on beaches and does not depend on conventional fuel. This we encourage the Foundation to keep the vessel in the CNMI and sincerely consider transferring its control and ownership to the local Okeanos Marianas organization on Saipan,” she added.

Okeanos Marianas was leaving Rota at around 2 p.m., bound for Tinian and from there it will be back on Saipan.

Okeanos Foundation operations manager Ramon A. Tebuteb thanked WesPac for its support.

“We really appreciate the council’s commendation,” he said.