29 May 2008

American Samoan villages get new powers to control fishing

3:15 pm on 29 May 2008

American Samoa villages taking part in the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources fisheries management programme will be given the authority to enforce fisheries regulations.

Village officials will be deputised at the end of a workshop hosted by the department to explain the regulations.

10 villages have fisheries management plans which restricts fishing methods and imposes temporary bans on fishing of certain species and shellfish in the management areas.

An Assistant Fisheries Biologist ,Tepora Toliniu Lavatai, says protecting the surrounding areas has been included in the regulations.

"It also restricts the destruction of corals, the markers for the marine protected areas, restricts sand mining, and also restricts outsiders from fishing within the established marine protected areas."

Tepora Toliniu Lavatai says restrictions on some cultural fishing practices are also in place.

She says those caught flouting the regulations will be fined.