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Samoa may open EEZ to foreign fishing vessels
17 sept. 2013 - Islandsbusiness com.

A fish exporting company says the Samoan government is in talks with China to allow its heavily subsidised fishing vessels into Samoa’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

The managing director of Apia Export Fish Packers, John Luff, says such a deal would mean local fishing vessels could not compete and fish stocks would deplete at an even more alarming rate.

Luff says he learned about the negotiations through an industry member who has government connections.

He says China already operates 1,300 fishing vessels in other EEZ’s in the South Pacific, and allowing them into Samoa’s waters would have huge implications for the local industry.

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