The Division of Environmental Quality has red-flagged the Hidden Beach on Saipan and is advising the public not to fish or swim within 300 feet of these locations for the next 48 hours or until otherwise notified.
Samples collected from this beach contained excessive concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (enterococci) that exceeded the CNMI Marine Water Quality Standards. These bacteria can indicate the presence of human and animal waste in the water.
The Division of Environmental Quality analyzed samples of 12 Saipan east and south recreational beaches this week. For more information, contact DEQ at 664-8500. (DEQ)