Wednesday 11 November 2015 | Published in Regional
Local stevedore company Blue Angel, which has been in business for 57 years, reports it has lost 60 per cent of its income as a result of the ban.
Herman Thomsen says his workers used to be paid US$200 to $300 a week but are now down to $80 to $90 for 1-2 days of work. The company has 80 employees.
According to a report by a Fisheries Task Force in August, there are 18 purse seiners based in American Samoa and each spends about US$6 million in the territory annually.
Thomsen says he doesn’t know how long his business can survive and is urging the US government to do something to prevent Pago Pago becoming a “ghost town”.