5 Dec 2013

American Samoa Govt may ban fishing of sea cucumber

10:18 am on 5 December 2013

There's been a noticeable increase in sea cucumber fishing activities in American Samoa and the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is taking action to control it.

Overfishing of sea cucumbers has been reported as a problem in many South Pacific Island Countries over the last few years.

The trend seems to be that businessmen target different island countries, and once the cucumbers have been wiped out they move onto the next country.

Our correspondent says usually businessmen pay chiefs and village community members to collect the cucumbers before they are processed and shipped off to Asian markets.

Last week, many people were spotted on the reefs at Faga'alu and Utulei with coolers full of sea cucumbers.

The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is awaiting an executive order from the governor to ban the fishing of sea cucumber in local waters.