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IWC 2006: Samoa also for sustainable use

I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to interpret this, but it seems like Samoa's government is also in favour of the sustainable use of marine resources - yes, even whales.

The English in this report is pretty hard to follow though, so I could be mistaken.

Samoa supports whales sustainability

Samoa’s prime minister says it has full support of the sustainability of marine resources for its use by all Pacific people.

His comments comes after New Zealand criticised six Pacific island countries who have voted in favour of Japan’s pro-whaling resolution at the International Whaling Commission meeting in St Kitts and Nevis.

Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi recently attended the Pacific leaders summit in Japan where Samoa was amongst other Pacific countries supporting Japan’s initiative to be a member of the United Nations Security Council.

Samoa is not a member of the International Whaling Commission.

But the prime minister thinks the depletion of fish stocks such as yellow-fin tuna found in pacific waters three year ago could be the reason behind the support of his Pacific counterparts.

Tuila’epa says that under his current government policies sustainable development of marine resources are a priority.

Good on the Prime Minister of Samoa for not brainlessly regurgitating the "bribery" allegations.

In other news, my email to Matangi Tonga Online was published, in addition to an email I sent to Caribbean Net News a few days back. My strike rate is pretty good at the moment :-)

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