More than 20 Pacific Island Leaders Attend American Samoa Tuna Industry Open House

Island community leaders enjoy “sneak peak” of Tri Marine’s state-of-the-art tuna processing facility in American Samoa

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PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA – November 29, 2014 – Yesterday, leaders from FFA and PNA countries took part in a full-day American Samoa Tuna Industry Open House. The event included opportunities to speak with government and regional organization leaders, including American Samoa’s Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and James Movick, the Director General of the Forum Fisheries Agency, among others.

The event underscored the strategic role that American Samoa plays in the region’s tuna fishery with its canneries, repair facilities and deep water harbor.

“It is incredibly important for the health of our fishery to recognize American Samoa’s commitment to the tuna industry, its long-term sustainability, and the many jobs it supports in the region,” explained Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga, Director of Marine and Wildlife Resources.

One of the highlights of the tour was a sneak peak at the soon-to-open Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) facility being rebuilt and expanded by Tri Marine. The $70 million, four-year project is scheduled to commence operations in January and is anticipated to create 1,500 jobs when running at full capacity with the ability to process the equivalent of more than one million cans of tuna daily.

This is the second time Pacific island leaders have toured STP. Leaders first visited in July 2011 when the facility was newly purchased prior to any demolition or new construction.  The inauguration of the plant is scheduled for January 24, 2015 [Updated 12/12/14].

“We are incredibly proud of the new STP,” explained Renato Curto, CEO of Tri Marine. “It allows our company to serve our customers with a fully vertically integrated supply chain, with full traceability and compliance with the highest levels of chain of custody requirements. It is a great addition to our company’s ongoing leadership in improving sustainability and transparency in the tuna industry and is a clear symbol of our long-term commitment to the American Samoan community and the region.”

 In addition to touring STP, visitors also were given the opportunity to tour the StarKist plant on the island along with Tri Marine’s super seiner F/V Cape Elizabeth III.

“I am always pleased to see island communities come together and recognize the importance of our relationships, both culturally and economically,” noted Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga. “I look forward to continuing to build upon our strong relationships for the betterment of all our communities.”

The tour was organized by the government of American Samoa in advance of the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meetings taking place in Apia December 1-5. Other dignitaries participating in the Tour included the Honourable Shane Jones, Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development for New Zealand, the Honourable Mona Ioane, Minister of Marine Resources for Cook Islands, the Honourable Billy Graham Talagi, Minister of Natural Resources for Niue, and the Honourable Elisala Pita, Minister of Natural Resources for Tuvalu.

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Background ON Tri Marine

Samoa Tuna Processor is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tri Marine Group of Companies. Tri Marine is a global leader in the tuna industry, providing tuna products to leading companies and organizations around the world. An industry leader in sustainability, Tri Marine is recognized as an expert in successfully managing tuna resources. Inspired by the health benefits of quality tuna, Tri Marine is committed to the communities it serves with more than 4,500 employees around the world. For more information, visit www.trimarinegroup.com.