A federal fisheries oversight council has stymied inquiries by congressmen, journalists and others over the past few years.
In American Samoa, some locals say the Wespac fisheries fund projects have been a waste of money. They have more hope for a marina expansion currently in the works.
Wespac has for years resisted releasing information, fighting public records requests, lawsuits and even congressional inquiries.
The move by the inspector general comes after a Civil Beat investigation and request from four congressmen.
A lack of adequate response from NOAA and Wespac have only raised more questions about how the money is managed.
Federal fishery managers recommended significantly increasing the amount of ahi that the fleet can catch.
Fishery council members have repeatedly shown that they cannot be trusted to govern themselves.
Articles overlooked “the many successes” the council has had in balancing the complexities of environmental stewardship and commercial use.