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Main Title Balancing the tides : marine practices in American Såamoa /
Author Poblete, JoAnna,
Publisher University of Hawai°i Press,
Year Published 2020
OCLC Number 1124775895
ISBN 9780824879686; 0824879686; 9780824883515; 0824883519
Subjects Fishery management--American Samoa ; Fishery policy--American Samoa ; Tuna canning industry--American Samoa ; Marine resources--American Samoa--Management ; Marine resources--Management
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ERAM  SH319.A46P63 2020 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 08/30/2023 STATUS
Collation xv, 197 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
Native Commercial Fishing and Indigenous Debates over Regulations in the U.S. Pacific -- Minimal Returns: Colonial Minimum Wage Issues and the Global Tuna Canning Industry -- The Devolution of Marine Sanctuary Development in American Såamoa -- The Impact of the U.S. Imperial Grants System on Indigenous Marine Programs "Balancing the Tides highlights the influence of marine practices and policies in the unincorporated territory of American Såamoa on the local indigenous group, the American fishing industry, international seafood consumption, U.S. environmental programs, as well as global ecological and native concerns. Poblete explains how U.S. federal fishing programs in the post-World War II period encouraged labor based out of American Såamoa to catch and can one-third of all tuna for United States consumption until 2009. Labeled "Made in the USA," this commodity was sometimes caught by non-U.S. regulated ships, produced under labor standards far below continental U.S. minimum wage and maximum work hours, entered U.S. jurisdiction tax free, and was sometimes caught by non-U.S. regulated ships. The second half of the book explores the tensions between indigenous and U.S. federal government environmental goals and ecology programs. Whether creating the largest National Marine Sanctuary under U.S. jurisdiction or collecting basic data on local fishing, initiatives that balanced western-based and native expectations for respectful community relationships and appropriate government programs fared better than those that did not acknowledge the positionality of all groups involved. Balancing the Tides demonstrates how western-style economics, policymaking, and knowledge building imposed by the U.S. federal government have been infused into the daily lives of American Såamoans. American colonial efforts to protect natural resources intersect with indigenous insistence on adhering to customary principles of respect, reciprocity, and native rights in complicated ways. Experiences and lessons learned from these case studies provide insight into other tensions between colonial governments and indigenous peoples engaging in environmental and marine-based policymaking across the Pacific and the globe. Poblete's study connects the U.S.-American Såamoa colonial relationship to global overfishing, world consumption patterns, the for-profit fishing industry, international environmental movements and studies, as well as native experiences and indigenous rights"--