11 Feb 2005

Reduced supply shuts American Samoa tuna plant

8:16 am on 11 February 2005

In American Samoa, Star Kist Samoa is shut down this week because there's not enough white meat tuna to process and pack.

The shutdown means 2,700 employees are without paychecks this week.

General Manager, Phil Thirkel, says fishing is very slow at the moment and the low catch has significantly reduced the supply of albacore and skipjack tuna.

He said fishing boats are staying out at sea longer than anticipate, and to preserve fish stocks until the end of February, they decided to close down this week.

Production will resume again next Monday.