19 Aug 2013

American Samoa told global competitivenes vital for tuna industry

3:10 pm on 19 August 2013

American Samoa has been told it has to work hard to ensure that its tuna cannery industry remains internationally competitive.

Speaking at the 50th anniversary of the StarKist Cannery at the weekend, the territory's US Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says American Samoa was once the biggest tuna producer in the world.

Buut he says its industry is now dwarfed by that of Thailand while it faces stiff competition from Mexico, the European Union, Asia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

He says American Samoa's government and the Fono need to work closely with StarKist management in order for the territory to remain competitive globally.