Pago Pago: Local businesses feeling impact of purse seiner loss

purse seiners amsamSome local businesses are feeling the effects of purse seiners cancelling trips to Pago Pago to off load their catches, as a result of a ban on US tuna boats in nearby fishing grounds. Local stevedore company Blue Angel which has been in business for 57 years reports that they have lost 60% of their income as a result of several purse seiners not calling into Pago Pago. Owner Herman Popeye Thomsen says his workers used to be paid $200 to $300 a week. But with the cancellations of purse seiners that normally off load at the local canneries, they are earning only $80 to $90 for 1-2 days of work. Read the rest here 13:23

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