12 Jan 2007

American Samoa moves to control illegal fishing

4:27 pm on 12 January 2007

The American Samoan government will purchase a marine patrol boat to help stem illegal fishing in its waters.

The patrol boat will support a United States aircraft, which polices the area weekly.

The director of the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, Ray Tulafono, says the boat will take care of pirate fishing activities.

"We are very concerned with our neighbouring islands, because we have been surrounded by our neighbouring governments, in which they are also operating their fishing boats close to that zone. We are very concerned about poaching and illegal fishing in our area."

Ray Tulafono says the American Samoa government will fund the boat that will arrive sometime this year.