Fisheries

The most important natural resource of American Samoa is fisheries and the ocean in general.

More on Fisheries

March 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata gave a statement in the Committee on Natural Resources to make the case in Washington, D.C. that much-needed reforms are needed for the marine monuments on behalf of American Samoa. This full Committee Oversight Hearing was titled, Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments.

February 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata attended the annual Interagency Group on Insular Affairs (IGIA), and delivered remarks in support of American Samoa’s needs.

Amata and IGIA meeting-002Congresswoman Amata (center) speaking at IGIA session.

 

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced she is an original cosponsor of new bipartisan legislation to strengthen the future of fishing in American Samoa, and promote the development of the next generation of commercial fishermen with federal grant support. The Young Fishermen’s Development Act, H.R. 1240, was introduced by the Dean of the House, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine), Rep. Aumua Amata (American Samoa) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Massachusetts).

November 15, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s bill (H.R. 5025) to put sensible time limits on any government fines and penalties for fishing vessels was marked up and passed by the Natural Resources Committee.

May 19, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata reiterated her support for the National Marine Monuments to Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke during a stop in California on her way back to Washington earlier this week.

April 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC –Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata expressed her pleasure to be invited to President Trump’s executive order signing that would review the Antiquities Act.  Due to the importance the order has for American Samoa, Amata was in attendance for the historic signing.

March 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata appealed to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross the importance of removing the prohibition of American fisherman to fish in the waters of the National Marine Monuments.

Amata and Wilbur Ross
Amata with Secretary Ross after their discussion.

March 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata at a Natural Resources subcommittee hearing today, strenuously objected to the lack of local input, transparency and scientific scrutiny in the marine monument designation process.  The Congresswoman’s sentiments were echoed by her colleagues on the committee, as well as the majority of the expert panelists who were invited to participate.  Click here to read the committee's full report.

January 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement after President Trump signed his first executive order; withdrawing the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The TPP was signed by President Obama last February, but had not yet been ratified by Congress.

December 20, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 19, 2016 - On Friday, the President signed H.R. 6452 into law. The “Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act” implements the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean, and the amendments to the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.