Samoa's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries says it's now time for Samoa to develop an effective harvest strategy to implement its catch limits on the southern albacore tuna.
Le Mamea Ropati, who was speaking at an event for World Tuna day, says it's an important year for tuna fisheries in Samoa.
He also says Samoa made a commitment when it signed under the Tokelau agreement last year.
"These agreements signifies Samoa and the Pacific islands determination in ensuring effective management for sustainable economic viability of our tuna fishery, so that we can reap the benefits from these resources today and also in the future."
Samoa's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Le Mamea Ropati.
Art by students at Leulumoega Fou School of Fine Arts was on display at the event. The artwork promoted the economic benefits of the tuna industry, and the importance of sustainability and conservation of tuna stocks.
In 2011, Parties to the Nauru Agreement declared May the 2nd to be World Tuna Day.