11 Feb 2008

Investigation requested into Western Pacific Fisheries Council

11:56 am on 11 February 2008

A US lawmaker has asked the investigative arm of Congress to conduct a probe of the Western Pacific Fisheries Council.

The council is the policy making body for the management of fisheries in the exclusive economic zones of American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Marianas.

The Chairman of the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Henry Waxman, released a letter requesting the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate the expenditures of WESPAC.

The move is in response to concerns about its allegedly questionable use of federal funds.

A number of Hawaiian non-profit organizations have raised serious allegations regarding the inappropriate use of government funds and unethical conduct by WESPAC and its executive director.