In the Pacific Islands region, recreational and non-commercial fishermen from various local communities have expressed concern about the loss of access to fishing sites and the general condition of infrastructure that supports their small boat and shoreline fishing activities. We are working closely with these groups across the region to improve fishing opportunities and maintain stability of our marine and fishery resources by exploring solutions, strategies, and actions to fulfill the three objectives of the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Recreational Fisheries Engagement Plan:
- Establish a visible presence among the recreational fishing community
- Develop a mutual understanding of priorities, concerns, and challenges
- Enhance collaboration with the recreational fishing community
Collaboration with the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, State, Territories, non-governmental organizations, and other federal partners will continue to play a major role in achieving success of the Engagement Plan and preserving the fishing traditions of our Pacific Islands region communities.
Pacific Islands Public Fishing Access Site Maps
The maps for each island area are currently under development. Once complete, they will identify access points to beaches and other shoreline areas where fishing activity is known to occur, and will include boat launch facilities from where offshore fishing originates.
Coming in 2020
- American Samoa
- Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands