Reward offered for information on sea turtle poaching

Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle

SILVERSPRING, MD (KHNL) - The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration is offering a reward up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of persons poaching endangered sea turtles in the Territory of Guam and in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands.

NOAA officials say turtle poaching is an ongoing problem in the Guam area.  In recent months, NOAA special agents have investigated cases involving the sale and consumption of meat and eggs of protected sea turtles.

Endangered species include the indigenous Green Sea Turtle and the Hawksbill Sea Turtle, which are commonly found in Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands.

Under the Endangered Species Act, it is illegal to take, possess, sell, import, carry or ship any endangered species.  Violators can be fined up to $100,000 and face up to one year in jail.

Anyone with information is asked to call one of the following numbers:

Special Agent Charles Raterman (Guam): 671-472-7200

Pacific Islands Division (Honolulu): 808-541-2727

Office for Law Enforcement - National Hotline: 800-853-1964

Guam Customs & Quarantine Service - MITF: 671-475-6331

Guam Division of Aquatics and Wildlife - DAWR: 671-735-3991

US Fish & Wildlife Service - (Guam): 671-647-6064