Starkist threatens to move ops away from American Samoa due to rising wages, fishing rules

US tuna canner Starkist has imposed a hiring freeze in and warned that it is considering shifting some of its production to Ecuador and Senegal,,, In a statement this Monday, the company owned by South Korea’s Dongwon Industries said the recent decision by the US Congress to raise minimum wages in American Samoa has dealt the company a “financial blow” and is the latest challenge to affect its local cannery. “Our cannery has been directly impacted by the closure of access to the high seas and NMFS needs to recognize the unique nature of American Samoa’s small and developing economy,” according to the statement.  Read the rest here 16:55

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