By Katielyn Aizon

KUAM News Intern

A longstanding local fish store in the heart of the island hopes to reopen its doors this week after being shut down over the past year. 

The goal was to reopen to the fishing community and the public today but there's no fresh fish at the co-op just yet.

The Guam Fishermen's Co-op has been closed for more than a year since suffering damage from Typhoon MAwar. 

Today, the sign on the door still says closed and that may be the case at least for a few more days. 

Fishermen’s Co-op Association President Manny Duenas told KUAM he found out this morning a chiller unit was inoperable. 

He said while they do have enough upright chillers and ice, he still wants to ensure all fish and seafood are handled safely with the chiller.

Duenas remains hopeful, saying he would be reaching out to a mechanic to get it fixed soon. 

He now hopes to have the store open by Wednesday morning. 

As KUAM reported, the popular local fish store was devastated last May and lost much of its mechanical equipment such as refrigerators and air conditioners. 

The store has been rebuilding since then, determined to provide fresh fish to the community.