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7 reasons to attend 3rd Marianas Islands Fishing and Seafood Festival

(Press Release) — The 3rd annual Marianas Islands Fishing and Seafood Festival are kicking off on Friday June 22, 2018 at Garapan Fishing Base with a 24 hour fishing derby.

This seaside event brings in thousands seeking food, fun and a chance to learn more about our island fisheries. This year the CNMI Governor’s Office is getting behind the festival to promote sustainable fisheries in the Marianas.

The festival encompasses the entire fishing base and is a lead-in to our 2018 Liberation Day commemoration hosted by the Liberation Day Committee and the Saipan Mayor’s Office.  Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you’ll find amazing arts, fishing and environmental information and new entertainment offerings.

But the festival is only here for the weekend, so here are seven reasons why you should give the Marianas Islands Fishing and Seafood Festival a visit on June 23-24, 2018.

It’s free. Entry to thefestival is free to the public. Artists and vendors do not have to pay a fee so therefore can offer the best prices to you. Games, boat rides, jumping house and fishing camp are all free.

It’s full of food. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is known for a lot of things. One of them is its deep seafood culture. You can be sure to find your favorite dishes in one of the food tents set up at the festival.

There will also be the fish cook-off on Sunday which will provide an opportunity to savor Marianas delicacies like you have never tasted before.  Not to mention that the entries are all prepared by local amateur and professional chefs who know a thing or two about how to fillet a fish.

It’s a chance to support local artists. If there’s an ocean of places to eat, there’s even more to shop for handmade crafts from local artists. You can find wooden sculptures, paintings, handmade necklaces and more.

The mission of the Marianas Islands Fishing and Seafood Festival is the restoration of our indigenous culture, arts and fisheries. The artist booths will be racked with art works not found elsewhere on the island, being that there are limited public events for our artists to display their craft.

Last year, one of the many vendors sold furniture crafted from recycled pallets. Recycling is highly encouraged and their art is well in line with the festival’s conservation efforts. Recycling and conservation has always been a theme of the festival.

Many attendees favorite thing about the festival every year is the people as it’s a day when everyone is just so happy and open-minded.

It’s educational. The festival features a wide variety of conservationists who will be distributing materials and letting people know about ways we can conserve resources on land, sea and air. The environment is a clear winner at this festival and there will be lots of information and free giveaways. In attendance will be folks from DLNR Fish & Wildlife, Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality and other conservation entities.

The festival will also feature seafood as a healthy nutrition and our friends from Public Health will be on hand to provide much information on health and also conduct health checks for our community.

Its kind-friendly. Just because little kids get in free doesn’t mean there’s nothing for them to do. There are fun games and activities to get your children involved in the fun.

The kids will enjoy the bounce house, games and face painting but there’s even more for them to do than that. Every game has a variety of prizes which will be given away. So bring a bag to take home lots of goodies.

If all else fails, they’ll love getting their hands on all sorts of whacky sea critters in the interactive touch display. That’s where they can get up close and personal with a huge variety of fish and crustaceans from around the Mariana Islands.

Best of all the festival is alcohol and smoke free giving our young ones a chance to breathe freely and enjoy a sober festival. Jumping house and games are open from 10am to 4 p.m. on Saturday June 23, 2018 and Sunday June 24, 2018 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

It has a free fishing derby with registration on Friday June 22, 2018 and fishing derby is from 6 p.m. Friday to 5 p. Saturday June 23, 2018.

There are five categories of fishing talaya, spearfishing, deep bottom, trolling, inner reef / shore casting and first, second and third prizes will be given in each category with $5,000 in prizes.

Jungle rules largest fish wins except for Talaya which is by total weight. You can enter for as many categories as you like.

There is a free cokking competition on Sunday June 24, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in three categories poki, kelaguen, and open category (any style). first, second and third Prizes will be given in each category and there will be a total of $3,000.00 in prize money.

Many thanks to our confirmed sponsors: CNMI Governor’s Office, Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation, CHCC-Commonwealth Guidance Center, IT&E, DCCA-Arts Council, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Imperial Pacific, Bank of Guam, Department of Commerce, Marianas Visitors Authority, CHCC-DPH- NCD Bureau, CHCC-MCH Bureau, Kanoa Hotel, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Fiesta resort and Spa, Saipan Mayor’s Office, Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council (WESPAC), Senator Arnold I. Palacios and DLNR- Fish & Wildlife. Without our sponsors we could not put on this festival for free.