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APIA, Samoa (April 20, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tohi)---Samoa's fishing industry has picked up momentum again after recent improvements in catches, mainly yellow-fin and albacore tuna.

The pelagic or highly migratory species had been absent from Samoan waters for three months, pressuring some boat owners to put their vessels up for sale and encouraging others to opt for deep line fishing, Radio 2AP reports.

For most boat-owners, however, the lull in activity allowed fishermen to maintain their vessels and on-board facilities.

Indicating that the fish are back, one boat returned earlier this week with 40 good sized tuna.

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