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4TH annual Fagota Mo Taeao Fishing Tournament underway

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The two-day “Fagota Mo Taeao Open Fishing Tournament” kicked off at 5a.m. Friday, with the “shotgun start” at Malaoa Marina Dock, according to organizers, who say this is the 4th annual tournament.

5p.m today was the weigh-in and more fishing is taking place Saturday, with the final weigh-in at 5:00pm. At 6p.m. is the award ceremony, also at the Malaoa Marina Dock.

The tournament is co-managed by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa and Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources, and made possible through the support of community sponsors. According to organizers, the tournament is to increase awareness of regulations in sanctuary management areas, and promote sustainable fishing practices in waters surrounding American Samoa.