CNMI Coral Restoration Working Group

The CNMI Coral Restoration Working Group consists of federal and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and coral restoration stakeholders within the CNMI to discuss updates, advice, and support for restoration efforts. The group typically meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October.

Coordination of the CNMI Coral Restoration Working Group will now be facilitated by the Coral Restoration Coordinator, Kalani Reyes ( Please contact Kalani for any further information or to be added to the email list.

Meeting Highlights

October 4, 2021

  • Meeting Notes
  • Discussion of MPA boundaries
  • Coral Restoration Draft Action Plan (Kylie Hasegawa and Denise Perez)


February 4, 2022

  • Meeting Notes
  • Crown of Thorns Starfish Response Plan (Denise Perez)
  • Hazard Mitigation Plan (Robbie Greene)
  • Upcoming trainings and opportunities


April 25, 2022

  • Meeting Notes
  • CIS Recap (Kylie Hasegawa and Zak Williams)
  • JAMS Nursery – ciliate infection
  • Potential development of educational facility


July 27, 2022

  • Meeting Notes
  • Dr. Laurie Raymundo from UoG visting CNMI in Aug for capacity building and disease training
  • NOAA Infrastructure grants open


November 14, 2022

  • Meeting Notes
  • Recap of Reef Futures and Mote Marine Lab trainings (Kylie Hasegawa)
  • Bleaching Response Plan Map, draft (Elly Perez)


January 27, 2023

  • Meeting Notes
  • Bleaching Response Plan Leadership (Elly Perez)
  • Pau Pau Marine Science Center (Erin Derrington)


May 8, 2023

  • Meeting Notes
  • Introductions: Kalani Reyes, new Coral Restoration Coordinator
  • Spawning season (JAMS)
  • Bleaching update (Elly Perez)
  • Paul Russ restoration funds (Steve McKagan)