23 Jan 2014

American Samoa's longline fishers assured of government help

11:59 am on 23 January 2014

American Samoa's Governor Lolo Moliga has assured suffering longline fishers in the territory they will get all possible help from the government.

About 20 longline fishing boats have been put up for sale because their owners say they are finding it difficult to stay afloat in the face of falling fish prices, competition from subsidized Chinese fishing boats and high fuel prices.

The governor says he wants two weeks to review the issues raised at a meeting on Wednesday with the Tautai Fishing Association.

An association member Christina Lutu Sanchez says the fishers also raised the excise tax on fish, docking space and port charges with the Governor.

She says he reassured members economic development including fisheries is still his priority.