HEADLINE NEWS OF AMERICAN SAMOA

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August 11, 1999

Samoa News

HAWAIIAN AIR LEAVES MAIL FOR MILITARY FLIGHTS

PAGO PAGO---A passenger overload on Hawaiian Airlines last week has caused a backlog of off-island mail at the local Post Office.

According to Postmaster Smitty McMoore, special arrangements were made with officials in Honolulu to secure two AMC military flights (formerly known as MAC flights) this week to pick up off-island bound mail.

An estimated 4,500 pounds of backlogged mail was airlifted on an AMC flight Monday afternoon, said McMoore.

The first of the two flights arrived Monday afternoon, picking up two large loads of mail while the second flight is scheduled to arrive Saturday afternoon.

"I don’t blame Hawaiian Air at all," commented McMoore, "Its always people’s safety before mail."

TERRITORY SEEKS MORE FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUNDING FROM CONGRESS

PAGO PAGO---The Territory needs additional federal highway funding assistance, according to the Governor’s office.

Three proposed highway legislative amendments have been submitted to Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin for urgent introduction into the U.S. Congress, the Governor’s Office announced yesterday afternoon.

"I have asked Congressman Faleomavaega to kindly review and submit these amendments before Congress," Acting Governor Togiola Talalelei Tulafono said. "I have also requested the governors of the other insular areas to support these amendments that will increase funding to all territorial highway programs."

Togiola wants the proposed amendments introduced while the FY2000 Highway Appropriations Bill is being reviewed by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the US Senate.

GOVERNOR ADVOCATES BI-CULTURAL LITERACY AT CONFERENCE

PAGO PAGO---Governor Tauese Sunia strongly advocated bi-cultural literacy as a primary factor in the preservation and development of the Samoan language and culture when he opened last week’s three-day Samoan Language Conference at Fatu-o-Aiga Auditorium.

"We all know that the Samoan language will never be a universal language," he told the international assembly of Samoan language experts. We all know that we can’t just promote our own cultural values and live within a cultural shell just by ourselves. Therefore, I believe that it is impossible for us to just teach the Samoan language by itself without also teaching English, which is the second language we have adopted here in Samoa,"

FISHERY COUNCIL SEEKS PUBLIC OPINION ON CORAL REEF MANAGEMENT

PAGO PAGO---American Samoa is the next stop for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) in its gathering of public opinion for an environmental impact statement for the development of Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan, according to Council’s spokesperson Sylvia Spalding.

Additionally, comments and views are needed for existing Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish management plan.

Speaking from Honolulu, Spalding said the first hearing was held in Honolulu in early July, followed by hearings in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands on both issues.

A public hearing scheduled for August 19 from 3-5 p.m. at the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) conference room.

The purpose of the hearing, according to WPRFMC, is to solicit comments on the environmental impact statements (EISs) to be prepared for the developing Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and existing Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish FMP for the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) surrounding Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the remote U.S. islands in the Pacific.

In general, the EEZ comprises waters 3 to 200 miles from shore.

FISHERY COUNCIL RELEASES POTENTIAL AREAS FOR REEF PROTECTION

by Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO---Potential sites of marine protected areas in American Samoa have been identified, according to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

That information was released to Samoa News yesterday by Council spokesperson Sylvia Spalding, along with information of a public hearing in the Territory scheduled for next week Thursday.

According to WPRFMC, two recent studies identified the following American Samoa reefs as additional potential sites for marine reserves because of their exceptionally good coral reef resources.

The potential sites are:

American Samoa already has several marine protected areas, including: Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the National Park of American Samoa (coral reef areas on the northern side of Tutuila and the south sides of Ofu and Tau) and the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources in front of Vaoto Lodge on Ofu.

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