American Samoa’s small and developing economy – Closure of fishing grounds helping foreign competitors

Owners of StarKist Samoa, say the National Marine Fisheries Service needs to recognize the unique nature of . They say StarKist Samoa has been directly impacted by the closure of access to the high seas. Michelle Faist spokesperson for StarKist told KHJ News these unnecessary restrictions have driven the purse seine fleet into distant waters where they are now catching fish under a U.S. flag to benefit competitors to American industry. She said as a result, StarKist is forced to buy its fish at a premium with reefer vessels coming in from distant fishing grounds. Read the rest here 12:05

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