SAMOA FISHERMEN TO BE GIVEN ACCESS TO AMERICAN SAMOA WATERS

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 12, 2000 – Radio Australia)---American Samoa is preparing to give special concessions to fishing boats from neighboring Samoa to fish within its territorial waters.

The territory has a 161-kilometer (approximately 97-mile) foreign fishing vessel limit, but is giving fishermen from Samoa an extra 80 kilometers (48 miles) in which to fish.

An access agreement now being negotiated by both governments will allow locally owned and operated fishing vessels from the two Samoas to fish in each other's exclusive economic zones (EEZs).

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