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Nat'l fishing magazine touts local game fishing

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American Samoa is getting more media coverage from off-island news organizations, and this time its through the New Zealand Fishing News magazine, whose writer Sam Mossman was in Pago Pago more than a week ago.

American Samoa Visitor's Bureau executive director David Vaeafe says his office and the Pago Pago Game Fishing Association hosted Mossman, who spent three days fishing around Tutuila with Pago Marine Charters.

Fish caught during the excursions included yellowfin and dog-tooth tuna, wahoo, red snapper and a variety of other fish species, said Vaeafe, adding that Mossman also took land tours with North Shore Tours and Alofa's Tours checking out the sights on Tutuila island.

Mossman's fishing travel feature on American Samoa will be published in the January 2012 edition of the magazine and the article will help promote the annual ‘Ia Lapoa (Big Fish) Game Fishing Tournament which takes place next year from May 7-12, 2012, said Vaeafe.

According to the Visitor's Bureau, the magazine has an audited circulation of 21,694 and a readership of 320,000. It is New Zealand's largest and most read fishing publication.

Mossman's visit is part of the Visitor's Bureau 'Media Visit Program' made possible through a technical assistance grant from the US Department of Interior. The program, implemented last year, has brought to the territory other travel reporters.

The agency plans to host five more media visits from its key tourist



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