Fishing community concerned over expanding sanctuaries
Guam - The island's fishing community is raising concern over the recent announcement of plans to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Guam Fisherman's Co-Op president Manny Duenas said, "It's of grave concern to us because as you know in the past ten years there's been a special push to create more sanctuaries what this plan proposes is to expand existing sanctuaries from 50 miles to 200 miles our concern here is that the CNMI already lost one-third of its resource and that's a 50 mile range now they might expand to 200 miles and Guam has not received one."
The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument was established by President George W. Bush in 2009. A release from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council notes that its voting members including Guam have analyzed the expansion plans and determined it would provide no added conservation benefit to marine resources, but instead will economically harm the area's fishermen and those reliant on Pacific marine resources.