6 Sep 2012

American Samoan fisherman assured fishing at Sanctuary not banned

10:08 am on 6 September 2012

Fishermen in American Samoa have been assured that fishing at news sites of the National Marine Sanctuary in the territory will not be banned.

The superintendent of the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Gene Brighhouse and the Director of Marine and Wildlife Resources Ufagafa Ray Tulafono say Fagatele Bay is the only area where fishing is banned.

They say the activity will be permitted in five new sites to be included in the sanctuary.

Mr Brighhouse says fishing was a key topic during the review of the management plan for the sanctuary but many other benefits were not raised.

The new management plan for the expanded sanctuary goes into effect next month.