31 Mar 2010

Fishing rules set for US marine reserves in Pacific

12:47 pm on 31 March 2010

The American Government's Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has approved fishing rules for three new national marine monuments in the US Pacific.

A marine monument is a reserved area, similar to a national park.

The Honolulu-based advisory body has agreed to allow subsistence fishing in the Marianas Trench monument near Saipan and Guam.

It also voted to allow recreational and charter-for-hire fishing in the Marianas Trench, Rose Atoll monument in American Samoa and the Pacific Remote Islands Area monument.

Under its decision, which requires approval of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, people won't be allowed to sell or trade catch from recreational trips to these three monuments.

U.S. President George W. Bush created the three monuments last year.