Amer­i­can Samoa plant to shut over fish short­age

Fiji Sun - - World News - RNZI

Pago Pago: Amer­i­can Samoa’s largest pri­vate em­ployer, StarKist Samoa, will shut down op­er­a­tions dur­ing the week start­ing Oc­to­ber 10 be­cause of a lack of fish. This was the sec­ond time in the past year StarKist Samoa had tem­po­rar­ily shut down due to fish sup­ply is­sues. StarKist spokesper­son Michelle Faist said fewer de­liv­er­ies of fish were now be­ing made to Amer­i­can Samoa as a re­sult of the clo­sure of the high seas, US EEZs, and other tra­di­tional fish­ing grounds to the US fish­ing fleets. She said the vol­ume was not enough to keep the plant run­ning up un­til Oc­to­ber as orig­i­nally planned.

She said se­cur­ing fish from al­ter­na­tive sup­ply sources was lim­ited, ex­pen­sive and un­sus­tain­able over the long term.

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