Mariana Trench Fishing and Seafood Festival this Saturday


The Mariana Trench Fishing and Seafood Festival will take place on Saturday, July 16, at Garapan Fishing Base beginning at 9am until 5pm. The festival is to celebrate the vast ocean environment of the CNMI. The ocean holds a bounty of activities for the people and businesses of the CNMI such as eco-tourism, fine dining, sports fishing, diving, snorkeling, swimming, and much, much more. The Mariana Trench Fishing and Seafood Festival aims to bring understanding to our community the innate health and economic benefits that will be created by having a healthy and ecologically sound ocean environment.

The CNMI enjoys an oceanic resource of 482,000 sq. miles. Our ocean waters are home to the Marianas Trench, which is about 1,580 miles long with an average width of only 43 miles the deepest part of the world’s oceans It reaches a maximum-known depth of 6.831 miles (36,070 ft.) and 36,201 ft. at the Challenger Deep.

Our seafood in the CNMI has been cultivated by our immense, pristine, and temperate ocean waters and the incomparable freshness, comes from the secreted nutrients found only in the depths of the Marianas Trench. Marianas seafood is utterly delicious and filled with protein, vitamins and vigorous nutrients found only in the deepest ocean waters. Our fresh fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower blood pressure and benefit brain and heart functions.

The Mariana Trench Fishing and Seafood Festival will feature displays from various environmental, health and community organizations with many giveaways. CGC will provide face painting for the kids and Kanoa Resort will supply a bouncing house for the kids. The festival will feature our island chefs in two groups (Professional and amateur) and three categories (Poki, Kaleguen, and Open). The food will be prepared on site and visitors and judges will combine to judge who makes the Best Poki, Kaleguen, or Fish Dish in the CNMI. We have chefs from Tinian joining the competition. Prizes will be cash, trophies, and bragging rights.

A Neni’s art contest will be part of the festival and title “Under The Sea” the art work will be on a 8.5 x 11 paper and hand drawn in crayon, pastel or any other medium and will tell your story of what you think life is like for the ocean fishes and creatures that live under the sea and how we can make it better for them.

Event sponsor will be the Department of Commerce. Event partners are Department of Land and Natural resources, DLNR-Fish and Wildlife, Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council (WESPAC), Saipan Mayor’s Office, and DLNR-Parks and Recreation. Festival sponsors are Best Sunshine International, Ltd., Bridge Capital LLC, CHCC-DPH- BIBA program, DPH-Non-Communicable Disease Bureau, DPS-Boating Safety, DPS-National Highway Safety Administration, Bureau of Environment & Coastal Quality, DCCA-Division of Youth Services, Marianas Visitors Authority, NMC-CREES, Fiesta Resort & Spa, DOC-Alcohol & Tobacco Control, DOC-Small Business Development Center, and Express Financial.

The festival is being brought to you by KKMP radio and Marianas Variety and the theme will be “Savor, Experience and Appreciate” (SEA) FOOD.

For more information on the contest, entry forms, displays or sponsorship visit the website or email or call KKMP at 233-1440/287-8145. (PR)

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