Fishing allowed at Åchang Bay Preserve and Piti Bomb Holes Marine Preserve November only

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(Photo courtesy National Park Service)

The Guam Department of Agriculture has issued a release stating that not all marine preserves are open for fishing

However, special permits have been issued for Åchang Bay Marine Preserve and Piti Bomb Holes Marine Preserve only for the fishing of TI’AO, ATULIA, I’E, AND MAÑAHAK.

In addition, only hook & line and talaya will be allowed and only for the month of November.

Tumon is open daily hook & line and talaya from the shore but there are regulations for allowed catch, call 735-0286/81formore details.

No other fish, seaweed, shellfish, or marine life will be allowed.

The Director of The Department of Agriculture, in accordance with Section 63123 of Title 5, Guam Code Annotated (GCA) is issuing a special permit to allow the harvest of juvenile rabbit fish (Mañahak), juvenile goatfish (Ti’ao), juevenile jacks (I’e), and scad mackerel (Atulai), within the Åchang Bay Preserve and Piti Bomb Holes Marine Preserve, for food security during this public health emergency declaration as well as for cultural educational purposes to ensure this traditional fishing practice continues for future generations.

The harvest of these species is dependent on conditions specified below.

CONDITIONS:

ALL SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES MUST BE FOLLOWED. The purpose of focusing on the use of talåya and hook-and-line is to protect our community by limiting fishing to a single-person activity. Please keep a distance of six feet or more between yourself and anyone else.

Only the use of talåya nets (cast nets) or hook-and-line for the harvest of, Ti’ao, and I’e is allowed from shore for a period from November 17, 2020 – November 30, 2020.
I’e and tiao harvested shall not be longer than 4-inches long.
While fishing for Ti’ao, and I’e under this permit, entry into the water is only allowed to retrieve the talåya after casting the net.

The harvest of any marine species other than Ti’ao, I’e, and Atulai, in the preserve is PROHIBITED. Immediate removal and release of non-target species from the net is required.

The use of talåya (cast nets) or hook-and-line for Ti’ao, and I’e is limited to the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hook and line from boat for Atulai has no time limit.
Net dimension of talåya nets (cast nets): small enough to prevent gilling of fish. The use of gill nets and other nets are PROHIBITED.

The Piti and Merizo Mayors’ Offices will educate the public about these traditional fishing practices.

The Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Officers will fully enforce all laws and regulations in the preserve.

Fishermen may view the permit at the Piti and Merizo Mayors’ Offices or at the Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatics and Wildlife Resources (DAWR).

For more information please contact:

Department of Agriculture

Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR)

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