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Niuean-inspired gin business eyes up Asian market


A family gin business with links to Niue is looking to break into the Asian market after promoting its Niuean-inspired gin in the South Pacific.

The company, Colonial Commodities Ltd, says Vaione Premium Pacific is the first gin with South Pacific origins.

via Niuean-inspired gin business eyes up Asian market.

Tonga’s first call centre hopes to tap into lucrative international market


Tonga has launched its first call centre, and hopes to take the competition up to the region’s oldest call centre industry in Fiji.

The call centre was the brainchild of Japanese-speaking, former senior public servant, Tevita Ha’apai.

ProComm Services was swamped with applicants when it opened its doors earlier this year, as Tonga’s thousands of school leavers struggled to find jobs.

via Pacific.scoop.co.nz » Tonga’s first call centre hopes to tap into lucrative international market.

Starkist defends ‘Made in America’ tuna claim


Starkist’s claim that its new brand of tuna is ‘Made in America’ elicited some questioning tweets from tuna company American Tuna and US seafood enthusiast Jonathan Gonzalez recently.

“What’s up with the new StarKist Made in America label,” Jonathan Gonzalez, a US seafood blogger who is seeking a position on one of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) subpanels, tweeted on Friday.

via Starkist defends ‘Made in America’ tuna claim | Samoa News.

StarKist’s 50th celebration begins with ASG gala


“StarKist to American Samoa is not just a business, it’s family to both American Samoa and Samoa,” declared Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga during his special remarks last night at the Governor Rex Lee Auditorium where ASG hosted a welcoming ava ceremony and dinner as part of the StarKist Samoa 50th Anniversary in the territory.

via StarKist’s 50th celebration begins with ASG gala | Samoa News.

Huge Tahiti supermarket closes, owner leaves


Reports from French Polynesia say a huge supermarket owned by a leading businessman, Franck Falletta, has been closed and he has left the territory.

Last week, Mr Falletta, who is also the leader of the small Te Ara Tia Party, was detained for a day but let go without any charges being laid.

via Huge Tahiti supermarket closes, owner leaves.

Quorum-less ABC Board can’t issue licenses


With 13 businesses awaiting a liquor license and number of nonprofits unable to obtain temporary permits for events, the government’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board hopes to convene in a special session Friday to address the issue.

The problem is the board is down to two members and does not have a quorum, board Chairman John Ray Taitano said. The board did not meet last month because the term of board member John Ilao expired.

via Quorum-less ABC Board can’t issue licenses | Pacific Daily News | guampdn.com.

Warnings of possible anticipated tuna fishing closure


Intensive tuna fishing during January-May of this year could leave no choice but to close fishing grounds in the western and central Pacific by late 2013, according to a leading fisheries official.

A limit on fishing days has been set for 2013 by the eight-member Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), which control the open waters where 70 per cent of the Pacific Ocean’s skipjack tuna is caught. The reason behind the fishing limit is to ensure the fishery is managed sustainably and to keep the price of tuna stable on the world market.

via FIS – Worldnews – Warnings of possible anticipated tuna fishing closure.

Cause for concern exists on Ocean Moon mackerel


The local Department of Health has yet to issue an official alert regarding the purchase and/or consumption of Ocean Moon brand canned mackerel that has been under the spotlight in the independent state of Samoa after the Ministry of Health there issued a public notice/warning about the fish product.

via Cause for concern exists on Ocean Moon mackerel | Samoa News.

Palau’s President says country has room to improve


The President of Palau says he acknowledges his country has room for improvement, as he welcomed the Palau Peer Review team.

Tommy Remengesau says sustainability is the key challenge for his country and the economy is the environment.

via Palau’s President says country has room to improve.

Pacific Islands: Leading the way in deep sea minerals legislation


A decade of sustained upward trends in the market value of metals found in seabed mineral deposits and considerable advances made in subsea technologies have reignited interest for offshore minerals exploration.

via Pacific Islands: Leading the way in deep sea minerals legislation – Pacific Region – News – Islands Business magazine.