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Large Vessel Prohibited Area

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a passionate plea during oral arguments before a federal appeals court, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale contends that the Deeds of Cession “covers more than just ‘alia fishing. It covers and protects culture. The culture of the American Samoa people.”...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US National Marine Fisheries Service has disputed ASG’s use of “Deeds” —  referring to the 1900 Deed of Cession for Tutuila and Aunu’u; and the 1904 Deed of Cession for the Manu’a Islands — in their briefs filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the ongoing...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The legal battle over the reduction of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in territorial waters, filed by ASG is finally moving forward. The battle is between the Territory of American Samoa and the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), with NMFS arguing that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The legal battle over the reduction of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in territorial waters, between the territory of American Samoa — through the ASG — and the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is heading into the new year as attorneys for the federal...
Wailea, Maui HAWAII —Federal fishery managers, meeting this week at the Wailea Beach Resort on Maui, Hawaii, recommended a regulatory amendment for the American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA), to provide a four-year exemption for vessels permitted under the American Samoa longline...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Among the action items for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to consider at its 173 Meeting from June 11 to 13 at Wailea Beach Resort on Maui Island, Hawai’i is the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in waters of American Samoa. The LVPA has become...
[l-r] Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director Va’amua Henry Sesepasasra along with Christinna Lutu-Sanchez and Taotasi Archie Soliai, are American Samoa’s three members of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) pictured last Friday in Honolulu on the final day of the three-day 172nd Meeting of the Council. Samoa News was able to follow the 3-day meeting via live-stream and is reporting the issues throughout the week. [photo: WPRFMC]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The ongoing dispute in the territory between two fishery groups over the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) “is a local problem... an American Samoa problem” to be resolved locally, declared Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director Va’amua Henry Sesepasara...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government voted “no” on all four recommendations relating to the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA), at last Friday’s final day of the three-day 172nd meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council in Honolulu. Department of...