Options for U.S. fisheries investment in the Pacific Islands

Doulman, David J.
East-West Center. Pacific Islands Development Program
Multinational Corporations in the Pacific Tuna Industry (Project)
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Honolulu, Hawaii : Multinational Corporations in the Pacific Tuna Industry, Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center
As part of their development efforts, Pacific island countries seek to promote commercial fishing ventures. Because they lack domestic capital and expertise, island countries actively encourage foreign investment in their fisheries sectors. This paper addresses the lingering issue of how U.S. investors might participate in their fisheries joint-venture or other investment arrangements. It reviews the fisheries resources and patterns of exploitation in the Pacific islands region in terms of inshore fisheries, oceanic fisheries, and aquaculture. Options for investment by U.S. investors are discussed, with particular emphasis on investment in the fleet- and shore-based components of the region's tuna industry. The attitude of Pacific island countries to foreign investment is briefly outlined, and a more aggressive role is suggested for the U.S. government in promoting U.S. fisheries investment in the region. Constraints on foreign investment are discussed and conclusions drawn.
This paper was prepared at the request of the organizers of the Pacific Island Association's 5th annual seminar entitled "Investment in Development in the Pacific Islands Region," San Francisco, California, June 12-14, 1986.<br><br>For more about the East-West Center, see <a href="http://www.eastwestcenter.org/">http://www.eastwestcenter.org/</a>
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