PP = Pati Point
T = Tumon Bay
PB = Piti Bomb Holes
S = Sasa Bay
A = Achang Reef
Marine Preserve Areas
Marine preserves are areas in which certain activities such as fishing are restricted to protect coral reef habitats and aquatic animals such as fish. Preserves help restore reef fish stocks.
On May 16, 1997, Public Law 24-21 was implemented creating 5 marine preserves and making changes to Guam’s fishing regulations. The names of the preserves are the Pati Point Preserve, the Tumon Bay Preserve, the Piti Bomb Holes Preserve, the Sasa Bay Preserve, and the Achang Reef Flat Preserve.
What Is Prohibited In A Preserve?
Within a marine preserve, the taking of aquatic animals is restricted. Unless specifically authorized, all types of fishing, shell collecting, the use of gaffs, and the removal of sand and rocks are prohibited in a preserve.
What Is Allowed In A Preserve?
Limited inshore fishing is allowed within the Pati Point Preserve and Tumon Bay Preserves. Within the Pati Point Preserve, hook & line from shore is allowed for all species of fish. Within the Tumon Bay Preserve, hook & line from shore and cast net from shore are allowed only for rabbitfish (Sesjun, manahak), juvenile goatfish (Ti’ao), juvenile jacks (I’e’) and convict tangs (Kichu). Also, within the Tumon Bay Preserve, cast net along the reef margin is allowed only for rabbitfish and convict tangs.
Limited offshore fishing is also allowed in all the preserves. Bottom fishing is allowed only in the Tumon Bay Preserve from the 100 foot depth seaward. Trolling is allowed in all the preserves from the reef margin seaward only for pelagic fish which includes all billfishes, mahi mahi, bonita, kawa kawa, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, rainbow runner, or any other tuna or migratory ocean going fish.
Are The Preserves Being Enforced?
Yes, the preserves became enforceable October 28, 1999.
Informational signs and boundary markers have been installed at the preserves.
What Will Happen If You Are Caught Taking Aquatic Animals In A Preserve?
Since January 3, 2001, the marine preserves will be fully enforced, which means that no warnings will be issued and all violators are subject to any or all applicable penalties under the law. Offenders violating the marine preserve regulations could be fined up to $500 and/or imprisoned up to 90 days.
Who Do We Call For More Information Or If Someone Is Violating The Regulations?
Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Contact the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources at 735-3955/56 or Law Enforcement Section at 300-9676. A 24-hour number has been created. Text Law Enforcement at 688-DAWR (3297).
Monday-Friday after 5:00 P.M. and weekends. Contact the Guam Police Department at 472-8911. Ask for the TOC unit.
Detailed information in FY 2000 annual report.