Environmental Initiatives

Our Goals

For two years before the official designation, Global Ocean Legacy and Friends of the Monument, a local group organized to promote the Mariana monument, helped sponsor more than 100 public meetings; secure more than 6,000 signatures citing the positive benefits of the marine monument for conservation, tourism, education and research; and win virtually unanimous support from the business community. Watch videos and read letters of support.

We also developed the first comprehensive scientific profile of the biological and geological resources contained within the proposed monument site, plus an assessment of the potential economic benefits of such a designation to the Mariana economy.

Watch a NBC Nightly News broadcast segment featuring the Mariana Trench and the community support that played a critical role in securing the historic designation of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument.

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