Agents of the purse seiner Carol Linda, say the crew member killed when the vessel's mast broke yesterday and the boom fell on men working below, was Filipino.
One other crew member suffered a broken leg.
The accident happened about 700 miles north of American Samoa.
KS Shipping Agency, says the Carol Linda is now making its way back to Pago Pago and should arrive in two to three days.
The purse seiner has 24 crew members mainly Filipino and Samoan.