Conservationist and former Division of Environmental Quality director Ignacio V. Cabrera has asked the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Management Council for an accounting of more than one million dollars they have received.
Each year the CNMI government sells their allotted tuna quota to the Hawaii Longline Association and gives the money to WESPAC.
“WESPAC controls this money, but they are supposed to spend it in our community to promote sustainability,” said Cabrera in a letter to WESPAC dated April 6, 2018. “Our people deserve to know how this money is spent, and who received it.”
WESPAC is meant to use the funds to support objectives in the CNMI’s Marine Conservation Plan. (PR)