The most important natural resource of American Samoa is fisheries and the ocean in general.
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Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming a $2,553,194 CARES Act grant for coronavirus relief for American Samoa’s fishermen.
The news is part of a national announcement by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allocating $300 million in fisheries assistance. Congress provided this funding in Sec. 12005 of the CARES Act, to States, Tribes, and Territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID–19.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata was able to bring up the need to reopen fishing access as a matter of national food security during a call with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.
Congresswoman Amata brought up directly two aspects of American Samoa’s fishing industry during the discussion: Reopening access to waters, and the currently unavailable observers for fishing vessels, requesting that the observer on board requirement be waived.
Washington, D.C.—Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is urging President Trump to reopen fishing access as a matter of national food security during the worldwide economic and health crisis.
“At this time of global re-evaluation of world health and economics, I simply write to say that food security equals national security. Please use your Executive Order to immediately reopen the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM) to commercial fishing,” Aumua Amata states in her urgent letter to the President.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata hailed Committee passage of a bipartisan bill to strengthen the future of fishing. She is an original cosponsor of the bill and was pleased to vote for it on Wednesday in the Natural Resources Committee, where it passed by unanimous consent. The bill promotes the development of the next generation of commercial fishermen with new federal grant support.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata believes that Justice must be served in the court proceedings of StarKist, but that the people of American Samoa who rely on the cannery must be treated justly as well.
Uosigitone, D.C. – O le vaiaso ua te’a nei na fono ai le Tamaitaifaipule ia Aumua Amata ma le Komiti mo Alamanuia Faalenatura faatasi ma le Failautusi o le Initeria ia David Bernahardt i le paketi ma aiaiga, ma na faamamafa ai e le tamaitaifaipule manaoga tau fagotaga o Amerika Samoa.
Washington, D.C. – Last week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the Natural Resources Committee conducted a budget and policy hearing with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, and she placed a focus on American Samoa’s fishing needs.
Washington, DC – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is an original cosponsor of two fishing-related bills examined in a Natural Resources Committee hearing, and cosponsored another Pacific bipartisan bill on education policy. The hearing of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife is an important step in advancing these bills forward for a vote.
Uosigitone, DC – Aso Lulu, O le Tamaitaifaipule ia Aumua Amata o se tasi lea o uluai sui lagolago i pili e lua mo fagotaga na iloiloina i se fonotaga a le Komiti mo Alamanuia Faalenatura faapea se pili a le Pasefika na autasia ai itu faaupufai e uiga i aiaiga faaleaoaoga. O le iloiloga a le Komiti laititi o le Suavai, Sami ma le Vaomatua o se laasaga tāua e faagasolo ai nei pili mo se palota.
Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the Natural Resources Committee conducted hearings and voted on a series of bills, including passage of an amendment by Rep. Amata, along with a bill affecting the Territories on which she was an original cosponsor.