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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US-based Center for Biological Diversity has raised several issues over a proposed federal rule to eliminate swordfish trip limits in the American Samoa Pelagic Longline Fishery. The Center’s concerns have reignited complaints from those in the local longline fishery...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Before its 3-day virtual meeting closed last week, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council agenda looked at a rebuilding plan for American Samoa bottomfish. The most recent National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) stock assessment for the fishery indicates that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “There is currently no reliable measure of individual number of fishermen in the American Samoa bottom fish fishery,” wrote Kitty M. Simonds, executive director of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). “...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Territory of American Samoa — through the American Samoa Government — has accused the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of refusing to acknowledge the Deeds of Cession which constitute “other applicable [federal] law” and has treated the Deeds “with utter...
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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 partial federal government shutdown has resulted in a delay of filing motions in the ongoing legal battle between the Territory of American Samoa — through the ASG — and the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) over the reduction of the Large Vessel Prohibited...
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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...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) last week issued a final rule that splits and sets separate limitations on fishing days for calendar year 2018 for the US purse seiner fleet to fish in the US exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and on the high seas — referred to...
Alassio, ITALY — If you hate those salted fishy slivers on pizza, Giuseppe Cormaci has encouraging news. Mediterranean anchovies tanked this year. But that means you won’t find much succulent sea bass, branzino, let alone bluefin tuna. Try, perhaps, linguine alle jellyfish? “The anchovy catch is...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Through a proposed rule making, the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) outlined how it will allocate the additional 100 fishing days for the US purse seiner fleet fishing in the region to help American Samoa’s economy and its tuna canneries. The NMFS is also...