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Samoa makes Ethical Traveler’s Top 10 List

Contributing to a safer and more sustainable world

APIA, SAMOA — Samoa is featured in the Ethical Traveler’s Top Ten list for the third time and second year in a row, according to a statement provided to Samoa News by the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA). Ethical Traveler is a non-profit organization and a project of the Earth Island Institute, which surveys the world’s developing nations and assesses their performance in the areas of social welfare, human rights and environmental protection.



Planning to travel to the Pacific Northwest during the summer months? Then make time to stop by the Showroom at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington where the first ever Northwest Polynesian Tattoo Fest will be held on July 1-3.
The three-day convention is an "all-ages" event so the kids are invited.
Jumpers will be available for the youngsters and everyone will be treated to refreshments — around the clock — free of charge.

Civil lawsuits paused as criminal investigation of tuna companies advances

The criminal antitrust investigation of the ‘big three’ US canned tuna brands has reached an advanced stage with a judge agreeing to put civil lawsuits against the companies on hold for an unspecified period of time, court records indicate.

At a hearing held in the San Diego courtroom of US District Judge Janis Sammartino on Jan 20, the judge granted a motion launched by the US Department of Justice to postpone the start of legal discovery in the class action lawsuit filed against the companies.



A group of Samoans out of New Zealand have launched a global Savalalo Market Fundraising Appeal after a fire completely burned down the iconic flea market in Apia, Samoa, which held more than a 100 stalls and shops. The appeal will be running only for three weeks.
In an email to the Samoa News, the group said the fundraising appeal is in response to the plight of stall holders and small market vendors whose livelihoods were destroyed when the Savalalo Market in Apia was completely burned to the ground on Saturday evening January 16, 2016.

Small businesses the big losers after Savavalo market burns


APIA, SAMOA — Several business people who lost everything when the iconic Savavalo flea market burned to the ground late Saturday afternoon (Samoa Time) are voicing disappointment with how long it took firefighters to get to the market to put out the fire.

Tuilaepa weighs options for vendors after fire

Source: Gov't of Samoa media release

Monday morning (Samoa time) Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi met with key government officials to co-ordinate a course of action in response to the destruction caused by a fire that razed the Savalalo Fleamarket to the ground last Saturday evening.
“I am relieved to know that there was no loss of life, and there are no reports of anyone being seriously hurt from the fire.

Fishing treaty fee dispute is keeping vessels out of Pacific

South Pacific Tuna, Global Companies now unable to supply MSC-certified tuna to market

(BASED ON PRESS RELEASE) — Two San Diego-based fishing concerns say they are no longer able to uphold their intention to provide the market with sustainable, free-school tuna harvested in the Western and Central Pacific Oceans (WCPO). South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SoPac) and its affiliate, The Global Companies (Ocean Global, LLC, Sea Global, LLC, and Pacific Global LLC), made the announcement on Sunday.


A recent report from the PEW Charitable Trusts finds that the exploitation of drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs) to catch tuna is on the rise, with FAD development more than doubled since 2006 in the Pacific Ocean alone. From 2011 to 2013, the estimated number FADs deployed worldwide grew from as many as 105,000 to as many as 121,000 – a 14 percent increase in only two years.

Cyclone Victor remains Category 3, gale warning in force in Cook Islands

Cyclone Victor is still causing gale-force winds on Palmerston in the Cook Islands but remains a category three cyclone.


There's an active convergence zone slowly moving around the Cook Islands, with Palmerston to continue to experience winds up to 100 kilometres per hour.


A gale warning remains in place for Palmerston and a strong wind warning for the rest of the Cooks.


Gas bottle suspected in Apia flea market fire

Firefighters worked into the night Saturday night (Apia time) to salvage what little remains of the iconic Savalalo Market.


Known as the Flea Market and one of the most visited places in Samoa for tourists, the property was completely gutted by fire yesterday evening.


It was not possible to get an official comment from the Police and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority Saturday night.


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