The coastal and sea areas of the Mariana Islands are important to those who use these resources for subsistence, commercial, or recreational purposes. These areas are home to a vast array of marine plants and animals, including whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, turtles, fish, and birds.
The ocean areas off the Mariana Islands are important to the Navy because of the established ranges where members of the armed forces learn and practice the skills required to respond to an emergency or threat. In addition, these areas are suitable and necessary for testing new and existing weapon systems in environments similar to where they will be used.
Protecting the marine environment of the Mariana Islands is an important goal for the Navy. In its commitment to the Pacific region and in compliance with existing laws, permits and authorizations, the Navy follows strict guidelines and employs measures to protect marine species and reduce potential effects while training and testing at sea.