19 Nov 2016

American Samoa push to remove marine reserves

5:28 pm on 19 November 2016
Incumbent Congresswoman Aumua Amata is seeking a second term.

American Samoa's US Congresswoman, Aumua Amata Radewagen Photo: Supplied/United States Congress

American Samoa's US Congresswoman, Aumua Amata Radewagen, is pushing for the incoming US Government to overturn President Obama's decision to create marine monuments in the Pacific.

The Remote Islands Monuments comprise the largest marine protected area in the world and encompas commercial fishing areas that American Samoa's fishing industry regard as vital for its survival.

Auma met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Thursday.

She said she made clear the need for President-elect Donald Trump to rescind President Obama's executive orders creating and expanding the marine reserves.

"So these repeals will be a huge win for us in American Samoa and our fishing community. And I know that the Governor and I are united to reverse these misguided designations."

Aumua Amata Radewagen said she is also pressing for the new administration for American Samoa to get its fair share of new infrastructure dollars Mr Trump had promised for the modernisation of America's outdated highways, airports and hospitals.

And she said federal air service restrictions could soon be lifted in American Samoa.