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One positive aspect of the 13th Meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission in Nadi, Fiji last week was the US government’s plea to the regional fishery body to allow more access by the US fleet to fish on the high seas as well as the importance of the tuna industry to American...
The US Government Accountability Office has informed the US Congress regarding the challenges faced by the canneries in American Samoa, which includes high labor costs, decreased fishing access and erosion of preferential trade status. The GAO report released Dec. 2 to US congressional members...
Tualauta faipule Vui Florence Vaili Saulo acknowledges the pressure she faces on a daily basis being in the legislature where men dominate, as she is the only woman. In a sit down interview with Vui in Apia, she told Samoa News of her experience when she was first sworn into office as a Tualauta...
Tri Marine International has confirmed it has delayed until the end of this week the indefinitely closure of it’s Samoa Tuna Processors Inc., canning operation in American Samoa. However, there is no confirmation as to whether there is a buyer for the cannery, which opened in January last year. The...
IVALE VANUVANU A man who used a Samoan “mele’i”, which is made of wood and used to husk coconuts, to assault his brother-in-law has been sentenced by the High Court to serve 20 months behind bars, as a condition for his 5-year probation after being convicted of second-degree assault. Sentencing for...
The Territory of American Samoa, through the Governor’s Office, contends that the federal defendants in the Large Vessel Protected Area lawsuit have failed to see the importance of the two Deeds of Cession “because it is not their culture that is being threatened.” American Samoa’s latest argument...
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Washington, D.C. — Saturday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released that in the final seconds of the 114th Congress — they passed her fishing bill, the Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act, which helps to ensure that the U.S fishing industry will have better access to fisheries in international...
American Samoa has completed a living-wage study, which identifies a specific minimum wage needed for a family of six to afford to live in the territory, according to information in the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Dec. 2 to Congressional members. The 110-page report by...
The fall 2016 Commencement Ceremony at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) will take place this Friday, December 16, beginning at 10 a.m. in the college’s Gymnasium. Pending final exam results, 141 students are scheduled to graduate with their degrees and certificates. Governor Lolo M....

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