18 Oct 2010

American Samoa to get help to remove debris from marine areas after tsunami

10:24 am on 18 October 2010

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has agreed to work with American Samoa on a grant application for assistance to remove debris near marine areas resulting from last year's tsunami.

The agreement was made during the Council's meeting in Honolulu.

The Council says it will work with the Territory on a community-based marine debris removal grant.

During the US Coral Reef meeting in Saipan last month, Governor Togiola Tulafono made a plea to the US Coral Reef Task Force to review and amend the National Emergency Response Plan.

He says the plan failed to assist the Territory in the removal of marine debris left by last year's tsunami.