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NATIONAL PARK GETS NEW BOAT FOR MANU’A OPERATIONS

The National Park of American Samoa added a new 30-foot catamaran to its fleet for the Manu’a Islands—the MV Moana. It will be put through safety tests in Tutuila before it travels to Manu’a, where it will increase the park’s ability to support national park operations and research in Ofu, Olosega, and Ta’u.

Acting Superintendent Melia Lane-Kamahele said the boat provides park staff with “an important tool to more effectively operate and fulfill our mission throughout the Manu’a Islands.”

The boat was designed and custom built by Lee Shore Marine in Port Angeles, Washington. It is equipped with safety, communication, and research tools; a 500 pound boom; plankton tow capacities; and a large dive platform with multiple scuba securing systems.

STARKIST CO., DONATES TO HURRICANE SANDY

StarKist Co., owner of StarKist Samoa cannery in Pago Pago, has committed to donating more than $89,000 worth of StarKist Flavor Fresh Pouch products and cans to assist the various communities affected by Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. east coast.

StarKist is donating product to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief charity in the country, to be distributed to the community centers providing critical aid to those in need, said a company announcement.

Company vice president of marketing and innovation, Frank Pogue says StarKist wants those coping with the aftermath of the storm to know StarKist is here to help.

“We hope our donation, in collaboration with Feeding America, will deliver essential supplies to assist in relief efforts,” he said Thursday in a news release.



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