Calling for student art to raise coral reef awareness

Posted on Nov 20 2019

Not only do the coral reefs provide home to nearly 30% of all marine species, over half a billion people also depend on it.

Sadly, reefs here in the CNMI have not been spared from coral bleaching. While bleaching events are a natural phenomenon, the warming of the ocean is causing the bleaching to happen faster, more frequently, and severely.

To help raise awareness about climate change and its impact to coral reefs, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, through its Division of Coastal Resources Management, is calling on students to join in the CNMI Coral Reef Initiative Calendar Art Contest.

Students in grades 4-12 from across the islands enrolled in recognized public, private, and homeschools are invited to submit their artwork, based on two questions: how does climate change affect the CNMI’s coral reefs, and what are you doing to help coral reefs?

The artworks will be judged on creativity, artistic presentation, and relevance to the theme. Thirteen winners will be selected.

Entries (the entry form and artwork) should be hand-delivered to the BECQ office at the Gualo Rai Center no later than Monday, Nov. 25. Look for Jihan Younis, CRI education and outreach coordinator.

For more information, visit, call 664-8300, or email

Iva Maurin | Correspondent
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at
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