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Good News: So. Pacific Tuna Treaty reaches six-year deal — “in principle”

Bad News: Not enough Treaty fishing days for all vessels & very expensive

Negotiators of the South Pacific Tuna Treaty have reached in “principle” a six-year deal, starting in 2017, following last week’s meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, but how much the US fleet will pay is not known yet because fishing days available are “optional” according to Brian Hallman, executive director of the American Tunaboat Association, which represents the US fleet in the Treaty.

Individual gov’t agency websites are up and running

Not all — but some … DOC, DOE, DHSS

There has still been no official response from the Governor’s Office, regarding inquiries that the American Samoa Government is ‘unknown’ in the cyber world, as the official <americansamoa.gov> website has been suspended and no other alternate site has been established. 

Utu says obtaining FDIC insurance is the goal of TBAS


Getting the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) to be insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) within a couple of years is a must, and a goal of the government owned financial institution, whose board of directors has set the end of September as the date for the bank to begin operations.

Congressional Art Competition winner from Am. Samoa visits D.C.

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. —  Aumua Amata and her colleagues in the House of Representatives welcomed over 400 student artists to Washington, D.C. yesterday.  The students are in Washington as part of the annual Congressional Art Competition. 
Benjamin (AJ) Liaga of Samoana High School won this year’s competition in American Samoa with his entry entitled Folauga.     

Reduction in fishing days without consideration for AS “must stop” leaders say


Leaders of ASG’s Executive and Legislative branches have called on the federal government to return lost fishing days to the US purse seiner fleet, saying that the trend of reducing fishing days without serious economic consideration for American Samoa’s well being, “must stop”.
The June 23 joint letter to the US National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) is signed by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie and House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale.

6-year fishing deal on the table for approval


Negotiators on the South Pacific Tuna Treaty have reached in “principle” a six -year deal following last week’s meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. The Treaty is between the US and 17 Pacific Island countries, which are represented by the Pacific Islands Fishery Forum Agency (FFA).
An FFA statement released last night quotes FFA deputy director-general Wez Norris saying that the overall Treaty deal could be worth as much as US$70 million for 2017 if the US fleet takes up all its available opportunities.

Chief of Customs says ‘no special treatment’ for hefes


Chief of Customs Moetului Sipili Fuiava says that there is no ‘special treatment’ for certain politicians and cabinet members — or anyone at all — as far as paying mandated duty charges on imported vehicles.

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After spending nearly two weeks on the slipway at the local shipyard in Satala, the freshly painted and recently repaired MV Lady Naomi set sail for the independent state of Samoa last Friday afternoon.


ANZ names Joanne Rasmussen as Country Manager American Samoa

Source: Media Release, ANZ Bank

ANZ has announced Rasmussen as Country Manager American Samoa, reporting to CEO American Territories, John Wade. Rasmussen, originally from Samoa, will transition to Pago Pago to take up the role over the next month from her current role as Chief Operating Officer ANZ Samoa based in Apia. She replaces Sean Stratton who has been acting in the role since November last year.
Wade said he was pleased to have such a strong pool of talent in the Pacific from which ANZ could source a senior leader.

Loss of fishing days “spells doom” for canneries


Local fisherman and engineer Taulapapa William Sword says that restrictions on US purse seiner fleet fishing in the US exclusive economic zone and in the high seas area known in federal regulations as Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine, or ELAPS, will have adverse impacts on the economy of American Samoa and such restrictions will also increase consumption of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) caught fish.

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