3 Jul 2014

Samoa fish factory could hurt neighbouring plants

2:35 pm on 3 July 2014

A fish processor in American Samoa says an additional fish plant setting up in Samoa has the potential to impact on the company's competitive position.

Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US cannery, Bumble Bee, that would pave the way for the company to set up a fish loin plant in Apia.

Tri Marine International, which has a fish processing plant in neighbouring American Samoa, says competing for fish supply with another company could potentially increase its costs.

Bu a spokesperson, Dan Sullivan, says it has no intention of changing its plans to expand the fresh and frozen processing facility it now has operating in Pago Pago.

Mr Sullivan also says the new plant will not cause a worker shortage for Tri Marine.