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American Samoa wins battle against commercial fishing

Court rules against an NMFS decision, which reduced the area reserved for local fishing activities.

A US federal court ruled out a decision made last year by the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reducing the large vessel protected area in American Samoa’s waters from 80km to 18km, reports radionz.co.nz

The decision -- made Tuesday -- means commercial fishing will no longer be allowed close to American Samoa’s coast as a result of a lawsuit filed by the government of the islands, following the NMFS ruling last year, and claiming the area was reserved for local fishing vessels.

Tuesday’s ruling effectively renders the NMFS decision invalid.

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