U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech has announced the release of funding to Guam for the protection of coral reefs and to combat the brown tree snake.
The Bureau of Statistics and Plans will get $184,535 to produce high-resolution 3D mapping of Guam’s priority coral reef ecosystems at Cocos Lagoon and Achang Reef Preserve.
The money will also help fund coral reef management support and participation in the annual Coral Reef Task Force meetings.
To combat the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB), the University of Guam will get $328,671 for an interdiction program that will destroy CRB breeding sites and establish traps to monitor CRB populations at the ports on Guam.
The UOG funding is intended to slow the decline of coconut and palm trees on Guam and reduce the risk and threat of the CRB spreading throughout the Mariana Islands.
The largest fund release of $2,924,979 goes to efforts to combat the brown tree snake on Guam.
The funding supports an on-going inter-agency collaboration with partners from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and National Wildlife Research Center, the CNMI Department of Lands and Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Services, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources.