Guam Shark Fin Bill Unanimous

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After a lot of emotional testimony from fishermen, school students, shark lovers and an amazing show of support from an international community of ocean loving concerned citizens from well over 100 countries, Guam’s legislators passed Bill 44-31 unanimously today. The bill is intended to curb the trade of sharks fins in the US Territory of Guam.

The bill was sponsored by Senator B.J. Cruz and co-sponsored by Senator Rory Respecio.

But more importantly, Guam becomes the third place in the world to officially ban possession and trade of the fins and also ray parts. A similar bill passed in January in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

With Palau declaring its waters a shark sanctuary in 2009, Yap having its water a manta ray sanctuary since 2008, Guam and the Nothern Mariana Islands banning fin trade, this creates a huge corridor in the western Pacific stretching 1300+ miles from north to south from Helen Reef in far southern Palau to Farralon de Parajos in the northern CNMI and across four countries that now prosecute those involved in the non-sustainable shark fin trade. Hawaii in the east central Pacific, a US state, has the first such law on its books passed last year.

Thus, this is a real regional victory for the western Pacific nations and their marine resources.

And hopefully also a victory for sharks worldwide in all oceans and the start of an international movement to curb the supply of shark fins!!!!

Guam’s governor still must sign this bill to make it law.

To show your support, contact:

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo
Office of the Governor of Guam
Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex
Adelup, Guam 96910
Tel: (671) 472-89316
Fax: (671) 477-4826

governor [at] guam [dot] gov

Guam Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio

ray [dot] tenorio [at] guam [dot] gov

To thank the senators and show your continued support for other ocean related bills, contact:

Honorable Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D.


Suite 201
155 Hesler St.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 472-3586/7/8
Fax: (671) 472-3589
e-mail: speaker [at] judiwonpat [dot] com
Web :

Committee on Education and Public Libraries

Honorable Benjamin J.F. Cruz


Suite 107
155 Hesler St.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 477-2520/1
Fax: (671) 477-2522
e-mail: senadotbjcruz [at] gmail [dot] com
Web :

Committee on Youth, Cultural Affairs, Procurement, General Government Operations and Public Broadcasting

Honorable Tina R. Muna-Barnes

Legislative Secretary / Majority Whip

Suite 101
155 Hesler St.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 472-3455/6
Fax: (671) 472-3400
e-mail: tinamunabarnes [at] gmail [dot] com

Committee on Municipal Affairs, Tourism, Housing and Recreation

Honorable Rory J. Respicio

Majority Leader

Suite 302
155 Hesler St.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 472-7679/3545/6
Fax: (671) 472-3547
e-mail: roryforguam [at] gmail [dot] com

Committee on Rules, Federal, Foreign & Micronesian Affairs, and Human & Natural Resources

Honorable Judith P. Guthertz, DPA

Assistant Majority Leader

Suite 301
155 Hesler St.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 472-5834
Fax: (671) 472-3547
e-mail: judiguthertz [at] pticom [dot] com

Committee on the Guam Military Buildup and Homeland Security

Honorable Vicente C. Pangelinan

Suite 101 Quan Building
324 W. Soledad Ave.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 473-4236/7
Fax: (671) 473-4238
e-mail: senbenp [at] guam [dot] net

Committee on Appropriations, Taxation, Public Debt, Banking, Insurance, Retirement, and Land

Honorable Thomas C. Ada

Ste. 207 Ada Plaza Ctr.
173 Aspinall Ave.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 473-3301
Fax: (671) 473-3303
e-mail: office [at] senatorada [dot] org

Committee on Utilities, Transportation, Public Works and Veterans Affairs

Honorable Adolpho B. Palacios, Sr.

Suite, 104
155 Hesler St.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 472-5047/8
Fax: (671) 472-5022
e-mail: senabpalacios [at] gmail [dot] com

Committee on Public Safety, Law Enforcement, and Judiciary

Honorable Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.

Majority Whip

Suite 107
176 Serenu Ave.
Tamuning, Guam 96931
Ph.: (671) 649-8638
Fax: (671)
e-mail: senatordrodriguez [at] gmail [dot] com

Committee on Health and Human Services, Senior Citizens, Economic Development, and Election Reform

Honorable Frank F. Blas, Jr.

Minority Leader

Ste. 907, DNA Bldg.
238 Archbishop Flores St.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 472-2527/31/32
Fax: (671) 473-3528
e-mail: frank [dot] blasjr [at] gmail [dot] com

Honorable Aline A. Yamashita, Ph.D.

Assistant Minority Leader

Ste. B104, Orlean Pacific Plaza
865 S. Marine Corps Drive
Tamuning, Guam 96931
Ph.: (671) 648-3474
Fax: (671) 648-3476
e-mail: aline4families [at] teleguam [dot] net

Honorable V. Anthony Ada

Minority Whip

Bridge Pointe Bldg., Ste.202
140 Aspinall Ave.
Hagatna, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 472-9681/2
Fax: (671) 472-9683
e-mail: senatortonyada [at] guamlegislature [dot] org

Honorable Christopher M. Duenas

Ste. 701A, DNA Building
238 Archebishop Flores St.
Hagatna, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 989-9944/55
Fax: (671) 989/9933
e-mail: duenasenator [at] gmail [dot] com

Honorable Sam Mabini, Ph.D.

Ste. A-1
197 Hernan Cortes Avenue
Hagatna, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 478-4726
Fax: (671) 478-4727
e-mail: info [at] senatormabini [dot] com

Honorable Mana Silva Taijeron

Assistant Minority Whip

Ste. 501, DNA Bldg.
238 Archbishop Flores St.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Ph.: (671) 989-6878 / 989-7678
Fax: (671) 989-8678
e-mail: senatormana [at] gmail [dot] com

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About Tim Rock

TIM ROCK specializes in the marine world and is an author, photographer and owner of a photo gallery on Guam in the western Pacific. He attended the journalism program at the University of Nebraska – Omaha and has been a professional broadcast and print photojournalist for 30 years. His news photography appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN. The majority of his career has been in the Western and Indo Pacific reporting on environmental and conservation issues. He has won the prestigious Excellence in the Use of Photography from the Society of Publishers in Asia. His TV show was an ACE award finalist. He also lists many other awards for documentaries, television shows, photography and writing. He works as a correspondent for numerous Pacific Rim magazines. He is the author and contributor to a dozen Lonely Planet/Pisces series guides. Rock’s photographic work is represented by Getty Images Lonely Planet Collection, SeaPics, Polaris Images, Waterframe, VWPics and his own Guam-based agency.
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