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Kiribati's decision worries local and American tuna entrepreneurs

AMERICAN SAMOA
Friday, October 24, 2014, 04:00 (GMT + 9)

Kiribati's decision to reduce the fishing days in its waters could be devastating for the local community, according to Tuna industry leaders in American Samoa. These tuna entrepreneurs’ concern has been raised due to the fact that during negotiations for the extension of the US Tuna Treaty, Kiribati offered just 300 of a total of 8,300 fishing days for 2015, ABC reported. Kiribati's change in policy was a big disappointment to several tuna stakeholders in the Pacific Ocean. "This decision by Kiribati to limit the number of fishing days available under the US treaty for these boats that are based in American Samoa or anywhere for that matter, it has a direct and immediate impact on the fishing community of American Samoa, where half of the population is working in the tuna industry," claimed Tri Marine tuna company CEO Joe Hamby. To Hamby it is not prof... FULL STORY

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