2 Feb 2015

American Samoa fish market upgraded

11:19 am on 2 February 2015

An upgrade of the Fagataogo market in American Samoa will allow fishers a well-equipped area to sell their catches.

The market opened in 2011, but was underutilised because it lacked a drainage system, ice machine and chiller necessary to keep the fish fresh and the market clean.

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has funded a US$150,000 renovation of the market.

The upgrade includes two glass refrigerated fish display cases, a drainage system, and a preparation area which includes an ice maker and walk in freezers.

The Council's executive director, Kitty Simmonds, says the fish market is part of American Samoa's fisheries development plan.

She says they want fishers from both Tutuila and Manu'a to bring their catches to the market.

Ms Simmonds says the Council supports several projects in Manu'a to encourage people to go out fishing, such as setting up fuel tanks, ice makers, and a coop to manage it.