Tokelau and Tri Marine Sign Accord

Tokelau’s tuna resources will be prioritized for processing in American Samoa


APIA, SAMOA – December 1, 2014 – Today, the Government of Tokelau represented by its Prime Minister Faipule Kuresa Nasau, Ulu o Tokelau and Tri Marine signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase the economic benefits of the tuna fishery to Tokelau. 

As the Government of Tokelau and Tri Marine have a shared interest in the sustainability of tuna fisheries, they have agreed to enter into a long-term development agreement to improve the overall management of Tokelau’s tuna fishery.  The arrangement will provide enhanced fishery monitoring  and guarantee long-term access to affiliated fishing vessels. 

Phil Roberts, Managing Director of Tri Marine explained, “We have been working on this partnership for three years.  It represents a mutual commitment to work closely together to sustainably manage and bring to market Tokelau’s tuna resources through Tri Marine’s large-scale tuna facilities in Pago Pago, American Samoa.  We expect that through this arrangement there will be employment opportunities for Tokelau nationals to work on board Tri Marine’s fishing vessels, canneries and offices in the region and around the world.”

The MOU advances Tokelau’s near-term goal of maximizing revenues from its tuna resources while also pursuing its long-term strategy of sustainably managing its fishery.

The Tokelau Government will provide fishing access to longline vessels targeting both albacore and the tropical tunas which will supply Tri Marine’s new tuna processing plant in American Samoa.

Tokelau will also provide Tri Marine purse seine vessels with vessel fishing days over and above what is provided under the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, if necessary.


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