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.