The Port Authority of Guam has been given a boost to begin making much-needed repairs to the Agat Marina.
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council awarded a grant of quarter of a million US dollars.
The Agat Small Boat Marina was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in late 1989 to accommodate 163 vessels with shore side facilities for fuel, loading, car and trailer parking.
It is one of only two small-boat marinas that support approximately 5,400 boats used by the island's recreational commercial boating communities.
Since its completion, there has been no major improvements..
The Port General Manager Mary C. Torres says the revenues generated from the Agat Marina fees have historically been insufficient to support any major improvements, and maintenance and repairs have been nominal over the years.
She says the funding is critically needed to upgrade the marina for the safe and convenient use by Guam's small boat owners and marina users in general.