Welcome

Hafa Adai!

Welcome to the CNMI Coral Reef Initiative E-Learning site!

The Northern Mariana Islands are surrounded by coral reef ecosystems. They give us food, enjoyment, economy and protection. For all these reasons, the coral reefs our important to us.

The CNMI's Marine Monitoring Team regularly observes our reefs to track their health. They’ve collected data from the Northern Islands all the way down to Rota. Their observations (and, maybe yours someday) have given us a better picture of how well our coral reefs are doing.

This site was created to introduce you to work of the marine monitoring team. Through this site you will learn to conduct one type of monitoring called a reef flat survey.

Begin your lesson by clicking on WHY CORAL REEFS? on your left to explore the everyday value of our reefs. Then go on to WHY MONITOR? to learn about the importance of science for managing impacts to coral reefs. Finally, go to LEARN TO SURVEY to take the Reef Flat Survey Course, play the quadrat game and learn your species using flashcards.

Why Monitor Reef Flats?
Why Monitor Reef Flats?
Reefs Flats are a shallow inshore environment where we can measure the "vital signs" of the Coral Reef ecosystem.
Learn to Monitor
Learn to Monitor
This interactive online course will teach you the basic skills to conduct a Reef Flat Survey.