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American Samoa looking to attract longliners back to port
16 sept. 2013 - RNZI.

The government-owned shipyard in American Samoa is focusing on attracting back to Pago Pago longliner fishing vessels now using other facilities in the Pacific region.

The Shipyard Service Authority board chairman, David Robinson, says the board and management continues to work on improving the shipyard, which has deteriorated over the last 30 years due to a lack of maintenance by previous operators.

He says only a small number of longliners are still based in Pago Pago, while the rest have gone to Fiji, the Cook Islands, and other parts of the Pacific due to operating costs in the terrtiory, the price of fish, and federal regulations to follow.

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