The American Samoan governor says it will start an impact study determining possible adverse developments of cannery operations in future.
American Samoa's canneries face reduced operations or shut downs as a result of more competitive foreign locations, international trade and investment trends.
Togiola Tulafono says the impact study has three major components, the first determining how serious reductions could affect the territory.
The second is to determine immediate response programmes, while the third is to determine alternative directions to compensate for such losses.
A team of analysts, which have considerable experience in economic analysis and development in American Samoa and other US Territories, is undertaking the work.