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Protected areas in northern Guam

Parts of northern Guam are protected areas designed to preserve threatened terrestrial and marine habitats. There are several types of protected areas, and they are managed by different entities.

Marine Preserve Areas (MPAs) are coastal areas were fishing activity has been restricted in response of decreasing reef fish stocks. Of the five MPAs on Guam, two are located in northern Guam. Tumon Bay MPA includes the beach, reef flat, and reef margin contained within arc-shaped Tumon Bay. It extends from Ypao Point in the southwest to Gun Point in the northeast. This is Guam's prime tourism location, with many hotels, restaurants, and bars situated along the beach. The reef is a popular site for swimming, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and other water activities. Pati Point MPA is located in the extreme northeast of Guam, extending seaward from the perimeter of Anderson AFB. This is one of the most remote locations on the island. It contains diverse habitats, with shallow and deeper water coral ecosystems predominating, and is rich in coastal fish species, including pelagic visitors. The MPAs are managed by Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR).

There are also federally-managed conservation areas in northern Guam. Ritidian National Wildlife Refuge is located in the extreme northwest of the island. The refuge was established to protect habitat, assist with recovery of endangered species and control of non-native species (most notably the brown tree snake), protect cultural resources, and provide recreational/educational opportunities. The Refuge includes the Ritidian Unit in northern Guam and two overlay units: Anderson Air Force Base in northern Guam and the Navy Unit. Haputo Ecological Reserve is a small terrestrial conservation area that protects Haputo Bay, a pristine embayment with strand forest and sandy beach.

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