17 Aug 2017

Fish shortages force American Samoa cannery shut down

2:42 pm on 17 August 2017

American Samoa's largest private employer, the StarKist Samoa cannery, will shut down operations next week because of fish shortages.

Cannery, American Samoa

Photo: Supplied

Our correspondent in Pago Pago said it remained unclear when the next vessel would call into the port with more supplies.

In October last year the cannery shut down for just over a week, also because of a shortage of fish.

The US-based StarKist Company said it realised the shutdown was a disruption for workers and the community and it had called for understanding.

StarKist had been trying to secure land for storing frozen fish.

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