PACIFIC COUNTRIES WANT MORE ISLANDERS EMPLOYED ON U.S. TUNA VESSELS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 23, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Pacific Island countries have raised concerns that very few Pacific Islanders are employed on board U.S. purse seiners.

As a result, the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) are working with the U.S. tuna industry to mount a training program to screen potential crew members for employment on U.S. fishing vessels operating in the region.

Last August, the SPC Fisheries Training Section developed resource materials to help with the implementation of a pre-sea safety training course for new entrants to the purse seiner fishing industry.

The course was developed in collaboration with George Souza of GS Fisheries, a San Diego-based purse seine company.

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