It is that time of the year again to show your passion for the ocean. Saipan will be participating in the Annual International Coastal Cleanup or ICC.
We are joining the global community to work toward trash free seas by coordinating beach cleanups all over the islands.
Rota and Tinian ICC took place on Sept. 20, 2015. Due to Typhoon Soudelor, Saipan’s ICC has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.
The trash along our coast and in our waters endangers the health of residents, wildlife, and coastal economies. Last year the CNMI had 1,347 participants pick up 17,765 pounds of trash that included plastic bags, straw wrappers, and cigarette butts. This year we are aiming to increase the number of participants across the islands.
The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality is encouraging businesses, organizations, clubs, and individuals to spend a few hours cleaning up trash from our land, waterways, and oceans. We invite you to sign up for the event and volunteer to cleanup or host a cleanup with our help. To sign up or for further information contact your International Coastal Cleanup coordinator. On Saipan, call Jihan Buniag at 664-8500.