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NOAA finds non-compliant foreign longliners in AmSam


Federal enforcement officers from the US found during their inspection in American Samoa foreign flagged longliners not in compliance with regional conservation measures, according to a Enforcement Activities report as of Sept. 30 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE).

Building big fish market in discussion says DOC director


While the new fish market manager and operator discussions are not finalized, the Commerce Department is entertaining Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s idea of building a two-story building in Fagatogo with the first floor an open fish market place — similar to fish market facilities in Samoa and Hawai’i — with wide-open space for both buyers and sellers of a variety of fish.

Tourism the answer says Utu about expected downturn

When asked what other businesses can come to the rescue with our economy

With the planned indefinite closure in December of Samoa Tuna Processors cannery, the American Samoa Power Authority has already looked at the impact it will have on its own operations.
Tri Marine International announced last week the closure of the canning operation of its American Samoa plant effective Dec. 11. STP has a workforce of about 800 and it remains unclear as to how many employees will be affected by the indefinite closure.

With STP closing indefinitely — speculation begins

Freezer storage facility for StarKist — maybe?

With Tri Marine International’s announcement that its Samoa Tuna Processors canning facility is indefinitely closed effective Dec. 11, there is already speculation that StarKist Co., might take over some of SPT’s property, especially the freezer storage facility, something that StarKist Samoa has been seeking to build for a long time.

Homeland Security grants extension to fed Real ID Act

Fed agencies may still accept local issued driver’s licenses & IDs until then

US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) has granted an extension for American Samoa to comply with stringent requirements of the federal Real ID Act, dealing with the issuance of state/territory driver’s licenses and identification cards.
Since enactment of the Real ID Act, USDHS said early this year that it has implemented the law in careful phases, including most recently at military bases, most federal facilities, and nuclear power plants. 

Hawaiian Air adds extra Christmas Holiday Flights


Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed the carrier will operate three extra flights during the Christmas and New Year holidays — as per their usual during the holidays to accommodate the busy travel between Honolulu and Pago Pago.
Hawaiian spokesperson Ann Botticelli told Samoa News yesterday the three extra flights would operate on Wednesdays — Dec. 21 and Dec. 28, 2016 and Jan. 4, 2017. Additionally the extra flights will operate on the same time schedule as the current two weekly flights on Mondays and Fridays.

Tough times in tuna world — more plant closures likely

The wide discrepancy between canned tuna finished goods and skipjack raw material prices mean Tri Marine International’s American Samoa plant is unlikely to be the last to close, sources in the sector told Undercurrent News.

On Oct. 13, Tri Marine announced it will cease production at its Samoa Tuna Processors cannery on Dec. 11, but will seek a buyer for the plant. However, many in the industry hope that the closure will reduce overall sector-wide capacity, which is seen as a factor depressing prices.

Lolo calls on ANZ to put stop on ASH-Cable account

Wants to know and approve person replacing CEO Aoe’e as “sole signatory’ on account

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is calling on the ANZ America Samoa Bank to deny any and all requests in regards to the ASH-Cable business account with the bank.

Tri Marine says US policy must change to support local tuna industry or it will be lost

WPRFMC recommends study on the impact of the ELAPS closure on local economy

Tri Marine International chief operations officer Joe Hamby has brought up with the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council several issues concerning the tuna industry in American Samoa, pointing to the industry as the backbone of the territory’s economy and support must happen that “can be measured in economic terms.”

Ecuador requests importation to US of StarKist tuna pouches

Cites limited plant space in American Samoa as one of the reasons

The South American nation of Ecuador is requesting the US government to allow three categories of tuna products including tuna pouch to be exported to the United States saying the StarKist plant in American Samoa has limited space.

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