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SUPER ALIA

Dept. of Commerce director Keniseli Lafaele
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — Dept. of Commerce director Keniseli Lafaele appeared on Monday before the Fono Joint Budget Committee hearing on DOC’s FY 2020 budget proposal, which includes the Tafuna Industrial Park. Among the questions is the status of the $3.5 million that Am Samoa received from the...
[l-r] Commerce Department deputy director Uili Leauanae; DOC fishery development coordinator Tamatoa Tony Langkilde; and Marine and Wildlife Resources deputy director, Selaina Vaitautolu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the design for the government’s “Alia Tele - Super Alia” was completed about two years ago, the Commerce Department is still trying to secure funding to start building the prototype model. Each super alia is estimated to cost some $350,000, which lawmakers argue is...
This photo shows the front photo on the brochure for the ASG/DOC “Alia Tele - Super Alia” and what the vessel would look like when built.  [photo: FS]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Commerce Department has launched promotion and a public awareness campaign for the super alia vessel, which is part of the Lolo administration’s efforts to boost local fishery development and provide new employment, while DOC is hopeful they will soon secure funding...
Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele  [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Venture Fund, which is funded with money from the US Treasury Department, remains a funding source for ASG’s development of the super alia — which is considered a safer boat than the current alia design, and can stay out longer to fish, says Commerce...