National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA approve grant for Typhoon Yutu marine debris removal

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(MINA) — The Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance has recently received notification of an award through a special fund established by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in partnership with NOAA’s Marine Debris Program specifically for Hurricanes Michael and Florence in Florida and North Carolina, and Typhoon Yutu in the CNMI. The grant is for the assessment, removal and proper disposal of in-water debris that resulted from the devastation left in the wake of these storms.

“Our own human well-being and economic prosperity depend upon the health and resilience of natural and social systems,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., deputy NOAA administrator. “These grants will help communities recover from storm damage by assessing, removing and disposing of storm-generated debris that continues to affect wildlife, habitats and coastal communities.” After an initial assessment conducted by MINA in early December of 2019, the determination was made that this debris poses a severe threat to the reef system and natural marine habitat, particularly in the Tinian Harbor.

MINA will be working closely with the Tinian Municipality’s Division of Emergency Preparedness in the removal of debris from the Tinian Harbor. “Because the typhoon left large amounts of debris in our Harbor, it is currently a hazard to navigation, as well as commercial fishing along the area,” said Edwin P. Aldan, mayor of Tinian and Aguiguan. “In addition, because the Tinian Harbor is the only one on island that accommodates the docking of boats, it is vital that we maintain the clearing of this fishing ground, and the protection of these sensitive ecosystems.”

Mayor Aldan continued by saying that “We are excited for what is to come out of this grant for the island of Tinian, and we look forward to assisting you in any way that we can to ensure the success of this project! Again, we are very grateful to MINA for your untiring assistance to our island!”

MINA would like to express its sincere gratitude to NFWF and NOAA for making this grant possible, and the untiring support of MINA’s mission to “Empower Communities for Conservation” from U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, the NOAA Regional Offices in Hawaii and the CNMI, the Office of the Governor, the Tinian Mayor’s Office, the Department of Lands and Natural Resources, and the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality.

More information about this grant and NFWF is available at the following link

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