Selling octopus caught in Guam waters ‘illegal’

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Guam –  Catching octopus for personal consumption is not illegal however when you attempt to sell octopi for profit it can carry a fine, according to the Department of Agriculture.

“I believe right now it’s $250 per incident per violation okay per octopus,”Agriculture director Chelsa Muna-Brecht said.

According to Article 3 under Chapter 12  Guam Administrative Rules and Regulations, marine invertebrates, which octopus fall under, cannot be sold, traded or bartered.

This information is not common knowledge. Even the director admitted she only learned of the ban just recently. However, Muna-Brecht believes that the fines must be updated and increased.

Just recently, agriculture’s law enforcement division confiscated frozen ray products from California Mart. A photo circulating in social media, which showed a product labeled “ray skate wings,” prompted the response from conservation officers.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.