19 Aug 2013

Samoa PM says warming waters good for fisheries

3:12 pm on 19 August 2013

The Samoan Prime Minister says warmer water caused by climate change is driving fish to its waters from the Western Pacific, which will benefit its fishing industry in the future.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was in American Samoa over the weekend, attending the 50th anniversary of StarKist Samoa cannery where the majority of the workforce is from Samoa.

The Prime Minister says while StarKist Samoa is in American Samoa, it is benefiting Samoa and its government through money sent home by workers as well as other goods shipped daily by plane.

He says Samoa's remoteness from deep waters where there are plenty of fish has been a hindrance to the industry.

"Perhaps this is one good and positive aspect of global warming as it is driving the fishes to our water from the Western Pacific to our oceans, increasing the amount of catches in the future."

Tuilaepa praised the company as it reached its 50-year milestone of being in business.