31 Oct 2013

American Samoa complains to US over fishery deals with allies

4:18 pm on 31 October 2013

The Governor of American Samoa says the fishery treaties between the United States and its allies is hurting the territory.

Lolo Matalasi Moliga says he is bringing the issue to the attention of the US Department of Interior officer Eileen Sobeck.

He says the bilateral agreements give special treatment to the allied countries regarding product quotas on fish exported to the US.

He also says the interests of American Samoa are never addressed in the negotiations and the result is that local canneries are compromised.

The Chairman of Tri Marine International Renato Curto says legislation now in front of the US Congress will impact the local tuna canneries.

"We're investing in Samoa because we believe in the advantages of being in American Samoa and we believe the people of American Samoa can do the job properly and if we eliminate the little advantage that American Samoa has with respect to the other countries produce tuna and export tuna to the States, then our job is going to be very very difficult."

Renato Curto of Tri Marine International