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For one-year since the reduction of the large vessel prohibited area (LVPA) there have been “no adverse impacts on catch rates” for other American Samoan fishery participants, while providing benefits to the locally based US longliner fleet, according to a declaration by Michael D. Tosatto, a US...
If pictures can tell WHAT we see in our "Moms", then I am happy to share with you this one of mine. I took this picture about 3 years ago after she came out of the hospital, she didn't know I was taking pictures of her. And of all the photos I took, it was this one that captured it all. Sometimes I...
Through his defense attorney, Sen. Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga T. Nua has requested the Trial Division of the High Court to deny the plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration and a new trial, arguing that the court didn’t err in its Mar. 31st decision, dismissing a challenge filed by three traditional...
American Samoa joins the rest of the nation on Sunday in celebration of Mother’s Day, which was designated on the second Sunday in May each year by the US Congress, via a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914. And many residents are hoping for good weather on Sunday after the territory has been...
TITIFALAULA SIAUMAU An employee of the Customs Office accused of importing marijuana, with a street value of $20,000, into American Samoa, will be arraigned soon in High Court after his case was bound over from the District Court on Wednesday. Titifalaula Siaumau is charged with one count each of...
With the recent wet weather conditions, callers have been reaching out to Samoa News, worried that the mountainside at Fatu-ma-Futi, which was recently excavated, is a catastrophe waiting to happen. The area in question is located behind the personal residence of Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga...
Three developments are happening right now at the Department of Public Safety. They are the “electronic-citation”, or e-ticket, which has an issued traffic violation ticket automatically received by the District Court, the Honolulu Police Department has accepted Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny...
A locally based longline fishing group has claimed that chairman of the Governor’s Fishery Task Force has sought out its members to agree to an amendment to the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in waters of American Samoa. The US National Marine Fisheries Service last year implemented a new rule...
In this Samoa News photo taken yesterday, the Senate chamber is bare, with the furniture, including the chairs where visitors sit in the gallery removed. Walls have been stripped, as the two-story main Legislature building is prepared for demolition, making way for a new structure, which is still...
By holding that the Deeds of Cession require the United States to preserve American Samoan cultural fishing, the federal court created a new requirement that National Marine Fisheries Service’s fishing regulations protect “cultural fishing practices” in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around...

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