26 Oct 2015

American Samoa says US policies should adapt to island states

3:23 pm on 26 October 2015

American Samoa has told the United States that fishing measures for the mainland may not work for small Pacific Island states.

The Acting Governor, Lemanu Peleti Mauga, told the 164th meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council that the US might face the same problem it had in the Persian Gulf.

A veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Lemanu said techniques and equipment that were used in training in the US prior to the war did not work out in the battlefield.

He referred to the US Government's decision not to exempt fishing boats that supply the two canneries from the fishing ban in the high seas.

Lemanu said American Samoa was thankful for the council's support in developing local fishing and urged the council to keep its faith in them.

A net filled with skipjack tuna coming out of the hold of a purse seine fishing vessel anchored in the Marshall Islands as it off-loads the fish to a mothership for transfer to Asian canneries.

Fishermen on a purse seine vessel in the Pacific. Photo: AFP