Press Release

Division of Fish and Wildlife Launches New Website

Saipan, September 19, 2014 — The Department of Lands and Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today the launch of its new website www.cnmi-dfw.com. Funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program, the new site is designed to assist and encourage members of the public to make the most of the many fishing, hunting and outdoor recreational opportunities available in the Commonwealth.

"The Division of Fish and Wildlife manages eighteen marine and wildlife conservations areas," Wildlife Program Public Information Officer and website designer Pete Perez said, "The new website will help people to learn where they are, what their goals are, and what each has to offer in terms of opportunities for public enjoyment, including hiking and nature trails, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and recreation."

In addition to maps and information on marine and wildlife areas, visitors to the website can find the locations of boat ramps and marinas on all islands, information on fishing methods, lists of dangerous fish and even a Marianas Field Guide for bird identification that is optimized for smartphones.

"The information available on the website goes quite deep." said Perez, "Scientists, researchers and students can find wildlife and conservation area plans and strategy documents, technical reports and scientific papers, plus detailed information on current and ongoing research and conservation programs. Educators will find teaching materials, downloadable wildlife posters and flyers as well as Powerpoint presentations created by staff biologists and program managers on a range of subjects including marine protected areas, brown treesnakes, sea turtles, fisheries and open ocean fish aggregating devices. Recreational fishermen and hunters will be pleased to know that fishing and hunting regulations are now online."

Division of Fish and Wildlife Acting Director Manny Pangelinan hopes that the new website will help the public to better understand the Division's role in the the community. "Most people are aware of the role we play in protecting our island's natural resources through conservation law enforcement," he said, "But of course we do much more. I am hopeful that the new website will help people understand the purpose and the depth of our efforts to safeguard our wildlife resources. We're working hard to conserve and manage fish and wildlife and their habitats for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations."