Guam reefs included in $7.2M joint protection effort

By Jeff Marchesseault

GUAM - As a U.S. territory, Guam is among Pacific Islands included in a multimillion-dollar joint effort to protect American reefs from the harmful effects of climate change, overfishing, and land-based pollution.

In what amounts to a sustainable resources project, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the nonprofit Nature Conservancy will each contribute $3.6 million to defend the health of coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

NOAA and the Conservancy recognize that sustainable commerce and development must be at the core of the nation's business if we are to improve environmental degradation, shore up depleted resources, and continue to derive the invaluable benefits of our natural resources.

Source: Guam News Factor, 01 November 2009