NOAA proposal: No total fishing ban says Gov

Gov. Togiola Tulafono has urged members of the community to read in full detail the proposal by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to expand the current Fagatele Marine Sanctuary to include five additional sites, saying that there is no recommendation to completely ban fishing grounds under the proposal.Speaking on his weekly radio program, Togiola says he has heard a lot of discussion about the NOAA proposal and it appears many in the community have not read the report in detail, nor have they read the recommendations.Currently, NOAA is gathering public comments on the proposal, which would add Larsens Bay, waters around Swains Island and Muliava (also known as Rose Atoll) and some of the waters around Aunu'u and Tau islands to the sanctuary. These reports and recommendations were based on information gathered some four years ago, during public scoping meetings, he said.According to the governor, some of the comments objecting to the proposal came from recreational fishermen, adding that there are two big issues pertaining to these objections.He said one is that the people of Manu'a are opposed to the closure of waters around Rose Atoll and people need to understand that the reason for the proposed closure, \is to provide a sanctuary for fish to breed... and to prevent the disturbance to the coral animals and breeding within that area so that we can see the impact around the fringes.\\Because the fact of the matter is.. the fish that go into this area do come out of the area and the large pelagic fish that breed and traverse the Pacific... never stay forever inside the 50-mile zone that is proposed [by NOAA]

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