There's More to Islands ... OIA Conversations

The Mariana Islands Nature Alliance with Becky Furey - an OIA Conversation Highlight

April 15, 2022 Office of Insular Affairs
There's More to Islands ... OIA Conversations
The Mariana Islands Nature Alliance with Becky Furey - an OIA Conversation Highlight
Show Notes Transcript

With grant funding support from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) runs an ocean ranger program (Tasi Watch) and works with students to promote the protection of natural resources.  Learn more about the MINA and their work in the Northern Mariana Islands in the full OIA Conversation with Program Manager Becky Furey.

The short video is available on the OIA YouTube Channel and the full OIA Conversation is also on buzzsprout.

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for future generations to survive and

 

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prosper we must learn how to take care

 

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of our natural resources our land our

 

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coral reefs and our forests

 

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mina in the northern mariana islands is

 

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one of the largest environmental

 

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non-profit organizations that has been

 

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serving this island community now for

 

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almost two decades

 

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department of the interior office of

 

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insular affairs grant manager merriam

 

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porter and technical assistance deputy

 

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director tanya joshua joined up with

 

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becky furey to find out more welcome to

 

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oia conversations where we share

 

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information and learn more about people

 

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and programs in the united states

 

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territories and in the freely associated

 

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states

 

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mina has been a successful recipient of

 

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grant funding from the oia coral reef

 

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and natural resources initiative funded

 

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projects have included the tossy watch

 

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program and the schools for

 

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environmental conservation yes tosi's

 

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tomorrow word for ocean our chamorro

 

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slogan really for the tasty wash program

 

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is imatanitosi

 

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and imatanitasi is basically the face of

 

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the sea they're the eyes and ears of the

 

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reefs too and so saipan is

 

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considered a coastal watershed

 

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pick up trash and uh tell people about

 

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how important it is to keep the beach

 

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clean my name is wayne dawy and i'm a

 

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tossy watch ranger the tossy watch

 

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community rangers have cleaned up

 

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hundreds of pounds of trash from the

 

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ocean marine debris that washes ashore

 

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from asia and even as far away as the

 

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continental united states they still

 

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find debris from super typhoon u2 that

 

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hit in 2018 and was one of the strongest

 

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storms to ever hit u.s soil

 

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they promote pack it in pack it out

 

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reminding us that everyone is a trash

 

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producer

 

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the tossy watch rangers also work with

 

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local fishermen and fisher women to

 

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promote responsible disposal of

 

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monofilament fishing lines and to

 

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protect marine life

 

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so in recent funding um

 

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through the coral reef natural resource

 

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program under doi we're adding a

 

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focus on invasive vines because taking

 

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care of our environment is not just

 

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about beautification or cleaning up

 

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litter

 

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you know our native habitat is important

 

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we

 

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team up with cnn forestry we team up

 

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with the division of coastal resources

 

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management and we also team up with

 

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another non-profit here that's focusing

 

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environment at the end goal it's really

 

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promoting environmental stewardship

 

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mina also works with students and

 

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teachers to incorporate natural resource

 

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protection into the curricula and to

 

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bring students outdoors for hands-on

 

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experiential learning in the ocean on

 

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the coast and on the reefs

 

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learn more about the mariana islands

 

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nature alliance in the full oia

 

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conversation with becky fury