Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NBC in Town

There is a camera crew on island from NBC Nightly News doing a story on the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. I've spent the last two days taking them around the island. Yesterday we did a tour of Marpi. They shot b-roll of Bonzai Cliff, Suicide Cliff, Bird Island, and the Grotto. We also had a long meeting with John Joyner and John Starmer at the Coastal Resources Management Office. Today we went diving. Man, did we go diving. We dove Grotto, Naftan, Ice Cream, Shipwreck, and stopped at Managaha for a short visit.

The Saipan Tribune had a short story about the film crew today.
NBC crew here to do feature on Friends of the Monument

By Haidee V. Eugenio
A team from national television network NBC is currently on Saipan to do a series of stories on the Friends of the Monument, which was the main proponent of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.

Angelo Villagomez of the Friends of the Monument said the three-member NBC crew will do a feature on the events of 2008 on Saipan that led to the Jan. 6, 2009, declaration of then-President George W. Bush of 190,000 square miles of ocean as marine monuments, including the 95,000-square mile Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.

The Marianas Trench Marine National Monument is an area around the three northernmost islands in the CNMI-Uracas or Farallon de Pajaros, Maug and Asuncion.

Villagomez said the NBC team, which arrived early yesterday morning, will also be featuring the “wonders” of the Marianas, which will take them to some of the most popular dive spots in the CNMI.

“They will also be talking about how the Marine Monument will be enforced and managed, so they will be talking to the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal agencies. There will also be talks with a research ship that's doing studies on volcanoes off Rota,” said Villagomez.

He said NBC is just one of the many national and international media firms that have taken an interest in the Friends of the Monument and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier announced that the Friends of the Monument are the recipients of the 2009 EPA Environmental Award, which recognizes individuals and groups outside of the USEPA who are making significant contributions to improve the environment. The ceremony will take place on April 16.


mehearemsay said...

The Discovery channel has aired a program on the
Creation of the Marianas Trench these past few weeks. Truly amazing how the trench was created and why the depths are so deep. One interesting theory presented is why the earthquakes in the area are not as intense as elswhere.Check it out as it gets aired quite frequently.

Jives said...

Nice press! Can't wait to see the finished piece in the news!