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Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. John Starmer CNMI CRMO. Pacific Marine Resources Institute 2007. Background. Population- 60,000 Size- 600 km EEZ- 758,121 km 2 14 islands Ethnicity Economy US Commonwealth. Houk & Van Woesick 2008. Major Environmental Issues.

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    1. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands John Starmer CNMI CRMO

    2. Pacific Marine Resources Institute 2007

    3. Background • Population- 60,000 • Size- 600 km • EEZ- 758,121 km2 • 14 islands • Ethnicity • Economy • US Commonwealth

    4. Houk & Van Woesick 2008

    5. Major Environmental Issues • NPS Pollution • Overfishing • Lack of Awareness • Development • Data Gaps

    6. Federal Data Collection • EMO/NOAA NWS- Surf Observations • NASA- Satellite Imaging Systems • NOAA CRED- Biological, Oceanographic • NOAA VENTS- Marine Volcanoes • USGS?- Tide Station, Saipan • USGS- Volcanoes • NOAA CHAMP-ICON • USGS- Stream gauges • USACOE-Wave Height??

    7. Local Data Collection • CPA- Meteorological Stations at Airports • CRM&NPS- Shoreline Erosion • DEQESL- Physical & Bacterial WQ • DLNR DFW- Forest & Protected Area Surveys • CRM & EMO- Govt. GIS server (ARCIMS) • CNMI MMT (DEQ&CRM) • SST, WQ trends, ecological • resilience, habitat mapping, • WQ mapping, watershed modeling

    8. Programatic Goals • Capacity Building- People, Training, Tools • Radio-linked WQ monitoring network by 2010 • Build Physical Environmental Data- Meteorology, Oceanography • Systems Level View- Watershed, Island, Archipelago, Region • Genetic Connectivity • Predictive GIS Models Houk et al, 2007