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Update: Impact of limited fishing days on AS economy revealed in NMFS analysis

Study to be presented in Honolulu this week — says there is “impact”

Preliminary results regarding last year’s closure of US purse seine fishing in the US exclusive economic zone and in the high seas area known as Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine (ELAPS) reveal economic impacts on American Samoa, according to a Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s brief report, to be presented at a meeting this week in Honolulu.

Leone village performing at Samoa’s Independence Day festivities


Close to 200 Leone villagers boarded the MV Lady Naomi last Thursday, heading for the independent state where they will be performing today (Wednesday, June 1, Samoa Time) as part of Samoa’s Independence Day festivities.
Other performers of the Leone group traveled to Apia via Polynesian Airlines over the weekend.
A special church service was held in Leone village prior to the group’s departure.

Head of new ASG Office of Political Status to represent AS at UN seminar

Asked to report any “decolonization strategies worth considering”

American Samoa has accepted the invitation to attend the United Nations Decolonization Committee’s Pacific Seminar, and will be represented at the seminar, held this week, by Tapa’au Dr. Daniel Mageo Aga, executive director of the newly established Office of Political Status, Constitution and Federal Relations.

Medicare funding at risk for lack of infection control

Also – no individualized and comprehensive assessment of patient’s needs

Infection Control is one of the conditions for which LBJ hospital Dialysis Unit continues to be found in non-compliance, and this may result in the termination of Medicare, according to information revealed in a 98 page report issued following a second revisit survey conducted on December 4, 2015 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Local Coast Guard Auxiliary promotes Boating Safety

Source: Media Release, Coast Guard Auxillary

It’s tempting not to wear a life jacket while on the water, especially on nice days. You want to get some sun, you think you’ll get too hot, or you think you’re a strong swimmer. But whether you’re going fishing or just enjoying a ride on the boat, there’s never an excuse not to wear a life jacket. You can have a great time, while choosing to always wear a life jacket and boating responsibly.


Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata made the following statement in honor of Memorial Day, after laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery late last week.

Congresswoman Amata with the Wreath she and the House Women’s Caucus laid at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday

“As we gather together this Memorial Day with friends and family, let us all take a moment to remember those who have given so much for our nation, and give thanks for their ultimate sacrifice.

New fed rule may have adverse impact on canneries


A “race-to-fish” by the US purse seiner fleet in the US exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and on high seas — known in federal regulations as the Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine (ELAPS) — is one of the affects of an interim rule by the US National Marine Fisheries Service, placing 1,828 fishing day limitation for 2016 on the ELAPS, located in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, according to a federal review of the interim rule, which went effect May 25.


ASCC names new ACNR director

The Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) held a farewell fiafia on Friday, May 20th to bid farewell to its previous Director Tapaau Dr. Daniel Aga, and to welcome its new leader, Aufa’i Apulu Ropeti Areta, who was confirmed as the new Director of ACNR in a May 2nd memorandum from ASCC President Dr. Seth Galea’i. Dr. Galea’i congratulated Aufa’i on his appointment and asked the ASCC faculty and staff to support him in his new role.

CDC confirmes three more cases of Zika in territory

Number now stands at 17

The Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed three additional cases of Zika in American Samoa, increasing the total of confirmed cases to 17— with two of the three newly confirmed cases in pregnant women, according to a statement issued by the DOH late yesterday afternoon.

Memorial Day Am. Samoa, two simple services planned


American Samoa joins the rest of the nation Monday observing Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day. Observed on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service.
Extended to a three-day weekend, it is a federal and local holiday for most of the nation’s workers. It is also the official start of the summer.

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