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Mariana Archipelago: Regulations and Enforcement

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) contains federal bottomfish regulations,crustacean regulations, precious coral regulations and coral reef fish regulations for fisheries associated with the US exclusive economic zone (EEZ) waters surrounding Guam (3 to 200 miles offshore) and the CNMI (0 to 200 miles offshore). Summaries of federal regulations pertaining to these fisheries can be found below.

Federal fishing regulations applicable to the Marianas Archipelago are enforced by the NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) Pacific Islands Division as well as the U.S. Coast Guard’s District Fourteen. For information on OLE, click here and for the U.S. Coast Guard, click here.  A cooperative enforcement agreement exists between the DAWR and NMFS OLE and DFW and NMFW OLE, whereby NMFS OLE provides funding assistance to these agencies to support in the enforcement of federal fishing regulations.

CNMI fisheries regulations are enforced by conservation officers of the government’s Division of Fish and Wildlife. For further information on DFW, click here.
Territorial of Guam fisheries regulations (0 to 3 miles from shore) are enforced by conservation officers of the government’s Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR). For further information on DAWR, click here.

NOAA Fisheries Pacific Island Regional Office have compiled multiple compliance guides that are designed to provide information on current regulations that affect fishing around the Western Pacific. PDF copies of the compliance guides can be found at here.  Compliance guides are updated often, so check regularly for updates. 

Mariana Archipelago: Federal Bottomfish Regulations [top]

  • •All vessels: a) ban on use of bottom trawls and bottom set gillnets; and b) ban on possession or use of any poisons, explosives or intoxicating substances to harvest bottomfish or seamount groundfish
  • Vessels >50 feet in length landing in Guam: a) federal permit and logbook; b) on-board observer when directed by the National Marine Fisheries Service; and c) ban on anchoring on Guam’s Southern Banks except for a documented emergency or vessel malfunction
  • Vessels landing in CNMI: a) federal permit and logbook; and b) for vessels
  • 40 feet in length, a ban on fishing 0 to 50 nautical miles offshore CNMI southern islands and 0 to 10 nautical miles offshore the northern island of Alamagan.

Click here for list of federally managed bottomfish species. Click here for NOAA’s “Bottomfishing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Maiana Islands” Compliance Guide.

Mariana Archipelago: Federal Crustacean Regulations [top]

  • Federal permit and logbook
  • Ban on fishing for, taking or retaining lobster with explosives, poisons or electrical shocking devices
  • Notification before port landing and before offloading
  • Observer coverage when requested by National Marine Fisheries Service

Click here for list of federally managed crustacean species.

Mariana Archipelago: Federal Precious Coral Regulations

  • One permit for Guam and one for CNMI (same person cannot hold both)
  • Use of only selective gear that can discriminate or differentiate between type, size, quality or characteristics of living or dead corals
  • Quota of 1,000 kg each for CNMI and Guam for all species combined (except black coral)
  • Minimum height 10 inches for live pink coral
  • Minimum stem diameter 1 inch or minimum height 48 inches for live black coral
  • Moratorium on gold coral 2008 to 2013

Click here for list of federally managed precious coral species.
Mariana Archipelago: Federal Coral Reef Fish Regulations [top]

  • Special permit, reporting and pre-landing notification for any directed fishery on potentially harvested coral reef taxa
  • Allowable gear types include hand-harvest, spear, slurp gun, hand/dip net, hoop net for Kona crab, throw net, barrier net, surround/purse net that is attended at all times, hook-and-line, crab and fish traps with vessel ID number affixed or remote operating vehicle/submersible. Special permit, reporting and pre-landing notification requirements apply for the use of other gear types to harvest coral reef ecosystem taxa
  • Ban on possession and use of poisons, explosives or intoxicating substances to take coral reef ecosystem managed species
  • Ban on harvest of live rock and living corals except for indigenous people for traditional uses and aquaculture operations for seed stock under special permit, reporting and pre-landing notification requirements
  • Ban on anchoring on Guam’s Southern Banks except for a documented emergency or vessel malfunction by any vessel >50 feet in length

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Marianas
Archipelago FEP MUS

Marianas Bottomfish Management
Unit Species
Scientific
Name
English Common Name Chamorro/Carolinian Name
Aphareus
rutilans
red snapper/silvermouth lehi/maroobw
Aprion
virescens
gray snapper/jobfish gogunafon/aiwe
Caranx
ignobilis
giant trevally/jack tarakitu/etam
Caranx
lugubris
black trevally/jack tarakiton attelong/orong
Epinephelus
fasciatus
blacktip grouper gadao/meteyil
Variola
louti
lunartail grouper bueli/bwele
Etelis
carbunculus
red snapper buninas agaga/falaghal moroobw
Etelis
coruscans
red snapper buninas/taighulupegh
Lethrinus
rubrioperculatus
redgill emperor mafuti/atigh
Lutjanus
kasmira
blueline snapper funai/saas
Pristipomoides
auricilla
yellowtail snapper buninas/falaghal-maroobw
Pristipomoides
filamentosus
Pink snapper buninas/falaghal-maroobw
Pristipomoides
flavipinnis
yelloweye snapper buninas/falaghal-maroobw
Pristipomoides
seiboldii
Pink snapper NA
Pristipmoides
zonatus
Snapper buninas rayao amiriyu/falaghal-maroobw
Seriola
dumerili
Amberjack tarakiton tadong/meseyugh

 

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Marianas Crustacean Management Unit
Species
Scientific
Name
English Common Name Chamorro/Carolinian Name
Panulirus
marginatus
spiny lobster mahongang
Panulirus
penicillatus
spiny lobster mahongang
Family
Scyllaridae
slipper lobster pa’pangpang
Ranina
ranina
Kona crab NA

 

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Marianas Precious Corals Management
Unit Species
Scientific
Name
English Common Name Chamorro/Carolinian Name
Corallium
secundum
pink coral(also known
as red coral)
NA
Corallium
regale
pink coral(also known
as red coral)
NA
Corallium
laauense
pink coral(also known
as red coral)
NA
Gerardia
spp.
gold coral NA
Narella
spp.
gold coral NA
Calyptrophora
spp.
gold coral NA
Lepidisis
olapa
bamboo coral NA
Acanella
spp.
bamboo coral NA
Antipathes
dichotoma
black coral NA
Antipathes
grandis
black coral NA
Antipathes
ulex
black coral NA

Marianas
Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Unit Species
(Currently
Harvested Coral Reef Taxa)
Family
Name
Scientific Name English Common Name Chamorro/Carolinian Name
Acanthuridae(Surgeonfishes) Acanthurus olivaceus orange-spot surgeonfish NA
Acanthurus
xanthopterus
yellowfin surgeonfish hugupao dangulo/mowagh
Acanthurus
triostegus
convict tang kichu/limell
Acanthurus
leucopareius
whitebar surgeonfish NA
Acanthurus lineatus blue-banded surgeonfish hiyok/filaang
Acanthurus nigricauda blackstreak surgeonfish NA
Acanthurus nigricans whitecheek surgeonfish NA
Acanthurus guttatus white-spotted surgeonfish NA
Acanthurus blochii ringtail surgeonfish NA
Acanthurus pyroferus mimic surgeonfish NA
Zebrasoma
flavescens
Yellow tang NA
Ctenochaetus
striatus
striped bristletooth NA
Ctenochaetus
binotatus
twospot bristletooth NA
Naso unicornus bluespine unicornfish tataga/igh-falafal
Naso lituratus orangespine unicornfish hangon/bwulaalay
Naso tuberosus humpnose unicornfish NA
Naso hexacanthus black tongue unicornfish NA
Naso vlamingii bignose unicornfish NA
Naso annulatus whitemargin unicornfish NA
Naso brevirostris spotted unicornfish NA
Naso caesius gray unicornfish NA
Balistidae(Triggerfishes) Balistoides viridescens titan triggerfish NA
Balistoides conspicillum clown triggerfish NA
Balistapus
undulatus
orangstriped triggerfish NA
Melichthys
vidua
pinktail triggerfish NA
Melichthys
niger
black triggerfish NA
Carangidae(Jacks) Selar crumenophthalmus bigeye scad atulai/peti
Decapterus
macarellus
mackerel scad NA
Carcharhinidae(Sharks) Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos grey reef shark NA
Carcharhinus
albimarginatus
silvertip shark NA
Carcharhinus
galapagensis
Galapagos shark NA
Carcharhinus
melanopterus
blacktip reef shark NA
Triaenodon
obesus
whitetip reef shark NA
Holocentridae(Solderfish/Squirrelfish Myripristis berndti bigscale soldierfish saksak/Mweel
Myripristis
adusta
bronze soldierfish sagamelon
Myripristis
murdjan
blotcheye soldierfish sagamelon
Myripristis
amaena
brick soldierfish sagamelon
Myripristis
pralinia
scarlet soldierfish sagamelon
Myripristis
violacea
violet soldierfish sagamelon
Myripristis
vittata
whitetip soldierfish sagamelon
Myripristis
chryseres
yellowfin soldierfish sagamelon
Myripristis
kuntee
pearly soldierfish sagamelon
Sargocentron
caudimaculatum
tailspot squirrelfish sagamelon
Sargocentron
diadema
crown squirrelfish chalak
Sargocentron
tiere
blue-lined squirrelfish sagsag/leet
Sargocentron
spiniferum
saber or long jaw squirrelfish sisiok
Neoniphon
spp.
spotfin squirrelfish sagsag/Leet
Kuhliidae(Flagtails) Kuhlia mugil barred flag-tail NA
Kyphosidae(Rudderfish) Kyphosus biggibus rudderfish guili
Kyphosus
cinerascens
fudderfish guili/schpwul
Kyphosus
vaigienses
rudderfish guilen puengi/reel
Labridae(Wrasses) Cheilinus chlorourus floral wrasse NA
Cheilinus
undulatus
napoleon wrasse tangison/maam
Cheilinus
trilobatus
triple-tail wrasse lalacha mamate/porou
Cheilinus
fasciatus
harlequin tuskfish orred-breasted
wrasse
NA
Oxycheilinus
unifasciatus
ring-tailed wrasse NA
Xyrichtys
pavo
razor wrasse NA
Xyrichtys
aneitensis
whitepatch wrasse NA
Cheilio
inermis
cigar wrasse NA
Hemigymnus
melapterus
blackeye thicklip NA
Hemigymnus
fasciatus
barred thicklip NA
Halichoeres
trimaculatus
three-spot wrasse NA
Thalassoma
purpureum
surge wrasse NA
Hologynmosus
doliatus
longface wrasse NA
Mullidae(Goatfishes) Mulloidichthys spp. yellow goatfish NA
Mulloidichthys
vanicolensis
yellowfin goatfish satmoneti/wichigh
Mulloidichthys
flaviolineatus
yellowstripe goatfish ti‘ao (juv.) satmoneti (adult)
Parupeneus
spp.
banded goatfish NA
Parupeneus
barberinus
dash-dot goatfish satmonetiyo/failighi
Parupeneus
bifasciatus
doublebar goatfish satmoneti acho/sungoongo
Parupeneus
ciliatus
white-lined goatfish ti‘ao (juv.) satmoneti (adult)
Parupeneus
cyclostomas
yellowsaddle goatfish ti‘ao (juv.) satmoneti (adult)
Parupeneus
pleurostigma
side-spot goatfish ti‘ao (juv.) satmoneti (adult)
Parupeneus
multifaciatus
multi-barred goatfish ti‘ao (juv.) satmoneti (adult)
Upeneus
arge
bantail goatfish NA
Mugilidae
(Mullets)
Mugil cephalus striped mullet aguas (juv.) laiguan (adult)
Moolgarda
engeli
Engel’s mullet aguas (juv.) laiguan (adult)
Crenimugil
crenilabis
fringelip mullet aguas (juv.) laiguan (adult)
Muraenidae
(Moray eels)
Gymnothorax flavimarginatus yellowmargin moray eel NA
Gymnothorax
javanicus
giant moray eel NA
Gymnothorax
undulatus
undulated moray eel NA
Octopodidae(Octopus) Octopus cyanea octopus gamsun
Octopus
ornatus
octopus gamsun
Polynemidae Polydactylus sexfilis threadfin NA
Pricanthidae
(Bigeye)
Heteropriacanthus cruentatus glasseye NA
Priacanthus
hamrur
bigeye NA
Scaridae(Parrotfishes) Bolbometopon muricatum humphead parrotfish atuhong/roow
Scarus
spp.
parrotfish palakse/laggua
Hipposcarus
longiceps
Pacific longnose parrotfish gualafi/oscha
Calotomus
carolinus
stareye parrotfish palaksin chaguan
Scombridae Gymnosarda unicolor dogtooth tuna white tuna/ayul
Siganidae(Rabbitfish) Siganus aregentus forktail rabbitfish hiting/manahok/llegh
Siganus
guttatus
golden rabbitfish hiting
Siganus
punctatissimus
gold-spot rabbitfish hiting galagu
Siganus
spinus
scribbled rabbitfish hiting/sesyon/palawa
Siganus
vermiculatus
vermiculate rabbitfish hiting
Sphyraenidae
(Barracuda)
Sphyraena helleri Heller’s barracuda NA
Sphyraena
barracuda
great barracuda NA
Turbinidae(turban /green
snails
Turbo spp. green snailsturban shells aliling pulan/aliling tulompu

Marianas Coral Reef Ecosystem MUS(Potentially
Harvested Coral Reef Taxa)
Scientific
Name
English Common Name Chamorro/Carolinian Name
Labridae wrasses(those species
not listed as CHCRT)
CarcharhinidaeSphyrnidae sharks
DasyatididaeMyliobatidae rays and skates
Serrandiae groupers(those species
not listed as CHCRT or BMUS)
Carangidae jacks and scads(those species
not listed as CHCRT or BMUS)
Holocentridae solderfishes and squirrelfishes(those speciesnot listed as CHCRT)
Mullidae goatfishes(those species
not listed as CHCRT)
Acanthuridae surgeonfishes(those species
not listed as CHCRT)
Ephippidae batfishes
Monodactylidae monos
Haemulidae sweetlips NA
Echeneidae remoras NA
Malacanthidae tilefishes NA
Lethrinidae emperors(those species
not listed as CHCRT)
Pseudochromidae dottybacks
Plesiopidae prettyfins
MuraenidaeChlopsidaeCongridaeOphichthidae eels(those species
not listed as CHCRT)
NA
Apogonidae cardinalfishes NA
Zanclidae
spp.
moorish Idols NA
Aulostomus
chinensis
trumpetfish NA
Fistularia
commersoni
cornetfish NA
Chaetodontidae butterfly fishes NA
Pomacanthidae angelfishes NA
Pomacentridae damselfishes NA
Scorpaenidae scorpionfishes NA
Caracanthidae coral crouchers NA
Anomalopidae flashlightfishes NA
Clupeidae herrings NA
Engraulidae anchovies NA
Gobiidae gobies NA
Blenniidae blennies NA
Sphyraenidae
spp
barracudas(those species
not listed as CHCRT)
NA
Lutjanidae snappers(those species
not listed as CHCRT or BMUS)
NA
Balistidae trigger fishes(those species
not listed as CHCRT)
NA
Siganidae rabbitfishes(those species
not listed as CHCRT)
NA
Pinguipedidae sandperches NA
Gymnosarda
unicolor
dog tooth tuna NA
Kyphosidae rudderfishes(those species
not listed as CHCRT)
NA
BothidaeSoleidae flounders and Soles NA
Ostraciidae trunkfishes NA
Caesionidae fusiliers NA
Cirrhitidae hawkfishes NA
Antennariidae frogfishes NA
Syngnathidae pipefishes and Seahorses NA
Tetradontidae puffer fishes and Porcupine
fishes
NA
Heliopora blue corals NA
Tubipora organpipe corals NA
Azooxanthellates ahermatypic corals NA
Echinoderms sea cucumbers and sea urchins NA
Mollusca (those species not listed
as CHCRT)
NA
Gastropoda sea snails NA
Trochus spp. NA
Opistobranches sea slugs NA
Pinctada
margaritifera
black lipped pearl oyster NA
Tridacnidae giant clam NA
Other Bivalves other clams NA
Fungiidae mushroom corals NA
small and large coral polyps NA
Millepora fire corals NA
soft corals and Gorgonians NA
Actinaria anemones NA
Zoanthinaria soft zoanthid corals NA
Hydrozoans
and Bryzoans
NA
Tunicates sea squirts NA
Porifera sponges NA
Cephalopods NA
Crustaceans lobsters, Shrimps/Mantis shrimps,
true crabs and hermit crabs (Those species not listed as CMUS)
NA
Stylasteridae lace corals NA
Solanderidae hydroid corals NA
Algae seaweed NA
Annelids segmented worms NA
Live rock NA
All
other coral reef ecosystem management unit species that are marine plants,
invertebrates, and fishes which spend the majority of their non-pelagic
(post settlement) life history stages within waters less than or equal
to 50 fathoms in total depth.

CNMI Fishing Regulations (CNMI Commonwealth Code § 10 – 20) [top]
SECTION 10. USE OF EXPLOSIVES, CHEMICALS, POISONS, ELECTRIC SHOCKING DEVICES, SCUBA OR HOOKAH AND DISTURBANCE OF HABITAT
10.1 Prohibitions: The use of explosives, poisons, electric shocking devices, SCUBA or hookah is prohibited in the taking of any fish.

a. No person shall use explosives, poisons, electronic shocking devices, SCUBA or hookah while fishing.
b. No person shall possess, sell or purchase any fish, game, marine or other aquatic life taken by means prohibited in this Section.
10.2 Exceptions: The use of explosives, poisons, electronic shocking devices, SCUBA or hookah is allowed where used by a Division employee where such use is authorized by the Director or where used pursuant to a scientific collection permit which specifically allows for such use.
10.3 Disruption of Habitat: Disturbance of coral, dead or alive, is prohibited under any circumstances except under emergencies or by persons exempt under Section 30 below.
SECTION 20. USE OF NETS FOR FISHING
20.1 Definitions: Monofilament may not be used on any net except talaya, scoop nets, and hand nets. Fishing nets covered by these regulations include but not limited to the following:

  • a. Drag net/Beach seine (Chenchulun and lagua)
  • b. Trap net (Chenchulun managam)
  • c. Surround net (Chenchulun Umesugon)
  • d. Gill net (Tekken)

20.2 Gillnets: The use of gillnets in the waters of the CNMI is prohibited.
20.3 Mesh Size: The use of nets with a stretch mesh measuring less than two and one-half (2-1/2) inches in linear measure is prohibited unless used as or for talaya (throw net or cast net), lagua (scoop or hand net) or when fishing for seasonal runs of atulai (mackerel), Tiao (juvenile goatfish) or manahak (juvenile rabbitfish).
20.4 License Required: A license shall be required for fishing with the use of a net. One fee must be paid for each net to be used for fishing, regardless of whether the nets are of the same type.

20.5 Registration of Nets: Upon licensing of nets, the nets shall be marked by the Division with a registration tag, which will reflect the license number. The license holder shall notify the Division immediately if the registration tag becomes detached from the net.
20.6 Identification of Nets: For all nets other than talaya, scoop nets, and hand nets, each net must be clearly, indelibly and permanently marked with the name and DFW registration number of the net owner. Identification markers must be placed with a minimum of one identification marker for each 10 feet of net.
20.7 Use Restrictions:

  • a. Nets placed in the water shall be tended at all times.
  • b. Placed nets found in violation of these provisions, or without a registration tag or identification marker, shall be confiscated by Conservation Officers and are subject to forfeiture pursuant to 2 CMC Section 5109(f)(3).
  • c. All fish, invertebrates, marine plants not intended for consumption shall be returned to their proper natural habitat, if alive, or disposed of lawfully, if dead.
  • d. Recreational and/or subsistence use of surround nets shall be restricted to 100 meters in length and shall comply with definitions and mesh size requirements pursuant to Section 20.3.
  • e. Disturbance of corals shall not be permitted when fishing with nets.
  • f. All nets or pieces of nets shall be removed from the water after fishing has been completed.

20.8 Abandoned Nets: Abandonment of nets within the waters or coastal zone of the CNMI is prohibited. Nets that are found unattended in the water or within 150 feet of the high water mark on any public beach will be considered abandoned. Permit holders of nets found abandoned may be subject to penalties including: fines, forfeiture of net fishing permit(s), and confiscation of abandoned nets.
SECTION 30. COLLECTION OF HARD CORALS
30.1 Prohibitions: The collection and/or removal from the waters of the CNMI of any and all species of hard Hermatypic reef building corals, soft corals or stony hydrozoans, is prohibited, except as specifically allowed by this Section. A license may be issued by the Director for the collection of Dead coral from the beach above the LLW(lower low water) mark for the purpose of manufacturing “Afuk” (calcium carbonate). A license may be issued by the Director for the collection of coral for scientific research purposes. All coral taken by the license may be inspected by the Division to insure that any coral was not taken in violation of these regulations.
SECTION 40. HARVEST OF TROCHUS NILOTICUS (ALILING TULOMPO, TROCHUS)
40.1 Harvesting: No trochus may be taken except during open season as declared by the Secretary, after consultation with the Director. Open season may be declared via public announcement and publication in the Commonwealth Register, and may be conditioned in any way, such as season dates and times, size and gear restrictions or seasonal take limits and license requirements. The taking of trochus measuring less than 3″ across the base is prohibited.

40.2 Sanctuaries: Two closed areas are hereby established. These areas are designated to insure continuous high levels of productivity of trochus. Taking of trochus from these locations is prohibited, even during seasons declared by the Director. These closed areas are:
a. An area encompassing the barrier reef from the Garapan channel marker (light-house) south for one (1) mile. The inshore edge of the reef. The offshore boundary is the forty (40) foot depth contour.
b. The entire reef at Tank Beach, Kagman (Chacha), extending from the northern rocky headland to the southern rocky headland and bounded inshore by the mean high mark line and offshore by the forty (40) foot depth contour.
SECTION 41. HARVEST OF SEA CUCUMBERS
41.1 Harvesting: No sea cucumber may be taken except as permitted by the Director. Any permit issued by the Director is subject to special conditions as determined by the Director.
41.2 Sanctuaries: In addition to the sanctuaries specified in 40.2, the following areas will also serve as sea cucumber sanctuaries:
a. Laolao Bay from Puntan Hakmang to Puntan Dandan. Boundary is from the MHW (mean high water) mark line to offshore to the forty (40) foot depth contour.
b. Bird Island from Puntan I Maddock to Puntan Tangke. Boundary is from MHW (mean high water) mark line to offshore to the forty (40) foot depth contour.
SECTION 50. TAKING OF LOBSTER
50.1 Prohibitions: It shall be prohibited and deemed unlawful to take or to be in possession of any lobster:
a. Which measures less than three (3) inches (76.2 mm) in length measured in a straight line along the carapace from the ridge between the two (2) largest spines above the eyes, back to the rear edge of the carapace; or
b. Which is carrying eggs; or
c. Which has been stripped of her eggs; or
d. Harvested by spear or any method other than by hand.
50.2 Sanctuaries as specified in 40.2 apply here.
SECTION 51. HARVEST OF OTHER INVERTEBRATES
51.1 Harvesting: No other invertebrates may be taken except as permitted by the Director. Any permit issued by the Director is subject to special conditions as determined by the Director.
51.2 Sanctuaries: Sanctuaries specified in 40.2 apply to other invertebrates.
51.3 Prohibitions: The exportation of any species of the following groups of marine gastropods (snails), or any part or product thereof, taken from CNMI water is prohibited:

COMMON NAME
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Cone shell
Conidae
Cowries
Cypraeidae
Egg Cowries
Ovulidae
Helmut shells
Cassidae
Murexs
Muricidae
Spiders and Conchs
Strombidae
Tritons
Cymatidae
Volutes
Volutiadae
SECTION 60. FISH WEIRS
The use of fish weirs is prohibited.
SECTION 70. MORATORIA ON FISHING
The purpose of this section is to provide for the conservation of fishery resources. The Director is authorized to declare a moratorium on any and all fishing activity to conserve CNMI resources, through publication of such a moratorium in the Commonwealth Register. A moratorium on issuance of fishing licenses may be imposed when necessary to protect fish, Threatened or Endangered species or to otherwise carry out the functions of the Division as established by the CNMI Legislature.
SECTION 80. AQUARIUM FISH PROHIBITIONS
80.1 The sale or export of marine aquarium fish is prohibited.
80.2 An aquarium fish license is required by any person who captures aquarium fish for personal use or enjoyment.
80.3 No poisons may be used to collect aquarium fish, except for purposes of scientific research when a scientific research permit expressly allows for such use.
80.4 All methods of collection of aquarium fish are prohibited except for the following:
a. Certain hand nets not previously registered by Conservation Officer.
b. Small surround nets (less than 8 meters in length);
c. Barbless hook and line; and
d. Other collection methods specifically allowed in a written condition to a permit.