US territories have a common fiscal profile of high debt, weak economies, reliance on one major employer are heading towards a fiscal abyss. But the Governor of American Samoa has a 4-point solution.
Today is a big day for our oceans. It is good news for sea turtles and sharks, sea birds and tuna. It is also a great day for hundreds of thousands of workers at sea, many of whom have been victims of horrendous working conditions and human rights abuses.
Aerial surveillance est. AU$10-15 million annually will be provided via a civilian manned fixed-wing aircraft, operated by FFA, flying patrols over Pacific countries and their EEZs.
UN appoints Samoa PM Tuilaepa as ‘Special Ambassador’ for International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
“Tourism is a sector that is vital to the livelihoods of our people and touches all the three dimensions of sustainable development, the social, economic and environmental aspects. As a people-to-people activity, it has helped and continues to contribute to the revitalization of our culture, customs and traditional crafts, and plays a pivotal role in the preservation of our cultural heritage and is a force that promotes peace and understanding”
To be signed tomorrow Pacific trade deal weakened by Fiji, PNG, Vanuatu withdrawal say community groups
Tariff reductions would lead to significant revenue losses for smaller Pacific Island countries, which could impact on their governments’ ability to provide essential services to their populations threatening livelihoods, local industries and jobs.
It’s World Tuna Day today. This article adapted from FFA’s TUNApacific hub details the importance of Tuna to the Pacific islands and global marine ecosystems. As well as the ground-breaking work by Pacific fisheries officials, their partners and networks.
“As we deal with the Vietnamese blue boat issue, technically this is not within the FFA’s mandate. So we will be looking for a full mandate from member countries.” James Movick, FFA Director General.
NTSA’s strength lies in setting up its own information system, the NTIS, to gather up interagency information, pool it together and make it accessible by Party. And its ability to allow that information to be used not only for fisheries purposes but also for broader law enforcement purposes.
The plan “would defuse the climate issue for Republicans, without growing government revenue, while rolling back energy regulations and sending Americans a regular check in the mail.” But industry groups are likely to continue to oppose regulation and environmental groups voice concern that implementing a carbon tax without capping emissions is not a wholly effective solution.
Endorsing the ‘observer safety measure’ is a huge step symbolically for the Tuna Commission. It’s Pacific countries performing the Haka in front of DWFNs – letting them know they wont be pushed around anymore on issues important to them.
GUTTED: 800 jobs lost in world’s largest tuna fishery, as both American Samoa canneries shutting down
Friday is a sad day for some 800 employees of Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. — the American Samoa cannery is closing down its canning operation indefinitely.
NTSA’s Person of Interest: Potential Legal weapon to bring down Illegal tuna fishers in Pacific waters
Ultimately, the ‘Persons of Interest’ path would lead to the end of the chain and the beneficial owners. The individual/entity that hire the drivers, controllers, operators and ships’ masters – the true source and sustenance of IUU activities.