15 May 2006

New hatchery to be set up American Samoa

9:07 am on 15 May 2006

The University of Hawaii and the non-profit Native Resources Developer will open a hatchery in American Samoa this year to promote economic development and training.

The development and promotion of aquaculture was initiated by congressman Faleomavaega Eni some years ago, and the University has had partnerships with local agencies since.

The HU Sea Grant college programme assistant extention leader, Darren Okimoto, says the hatchery will raise fish for food and the aquarium industry, and will be a good training facility for locals and students.

"We are actually supporting a local organisation to try to help them set up a facility that they can use to raise some local resources, provide training and employment for the local people and hopefully after that, it will evolve into a self-sustaining business."