Samoa Tuna

Photo Essay: Bringing in the tuna catch in Samoa

If you ever find yourself wandering along the seawall in downtown Apia, Samoa early in the morning, take a swing by the fish market. Located near the bus station, the market is the place to be to watch the tuna catch coming in. I know this is an unusual thing to do if you’re a tourist in Samoa but it’s really worth a visit. I took in the sights while researching a story on Peter Watt, a Canadian man who was helping the Samoan government develop its tuna fishery for the export market. You can read the story here. Samoa has the smallest EEZ or Economic Exclusivity Zone in the Pacific, but it also has the most active domestic tuna fishery.

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APIA, Samoa — Brilliantly coloured reef fish on sale at Apia’s Fish Market. (Photo by Jennifer Robinson)
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APIA, Samoa — Samoan fishermen unload their catch outside the Fish Market in downtown Apia. The fish are kept in rusty freezers onboard until they arrive in port. (Photo by Jennifer Robinson)
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APIA, Samoa — Samoan fishermen unload their catch outside the Fish Market in downtown Apia. The fish are kept in rusty freezers onboard until they arrive in port. (Photo by Jennifer Robinson)
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APIA, Samoa — A Samoan fisheries officer (striped rugby shirt) waits for a fisherman to load his catch into a shipping container. The officer will measure each fish before the containers are shipped to canneries in nearby American Samoa. (Photo by Jennifer Robinson)
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APIA, Samoa — A Samoan fisheries officer measures the catch before the containers are shipped to canneries in nearby American Samoa. (Photo by Jennifer Robinson)
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APIA, Samoa — The tuna catch is loaded into containers for shipment to canneries in nearby American Samoa. (Photo by Jennifer Robinson)
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APIA, Samoa — The tuna catch is loaded into waiting pickup trucks outside the Fish Market in downtown Apia. (Photo by Jennifer Robinson)
Samoa Tuna
APIA, Samoa — The tuna catch is loaded into waiting pickup trucks outside the Fish Market in downtown Apia. (Photo by Jennifer Robinson)

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