18 Aug 2015

Enough fish for now at American Samoa cannery

3:29 pm on 18 August 2015

Production is continuing at American Samoa StarKist cannery for now.

The cannery's parent company said last week that if there were no fish deliveries by today, they would be forced to shut the plant.

Local radio station, KHJ, reports a spokesperson for the company in Pittsburgh, Michelle Faist, saying they were able to negotiate three deliveries for this month, but there remain no guarantees on future deliveries.

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The uncertainty in fish supplies for the local canneries is blamed on the closing of fishing grounds to the US purse seiners in the central and western Pacific forcing vessels to fish further afield.

The territory's Fisheries Task Force and the other cannery operator, Tri Marine International, are to call on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to exempt purse seiners that deliver half their catches to American Samoa.

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