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Project Experience

Location: Truk Lagoon and Southern Namoneas Islands, State of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
Client: Barrett Consulting Group, Inc
Ada’s Professional Center, Suite 204-F
215-A East Saylor Street, Agana, Guam  96910
Contact: Greg Hartkopf, P.E., Project Manager
Year Completed: 1994
Project Scope:

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) required an environmental impact assessment for Chuuk Tuna Packing’s project to build and operate a 100-ton per day cannery on the Island of Tonoas.   James Pedersen, Planning Consultant, was retained to prepare the overall environmental report reflecting input from a diverse project team which included Barrett Consulting Group project designers, cannery design specialist, oceanographers, marine biologists, and geotechnical engineers.  Pedersen was also requested to prepare a more detailed study of the economic impact of the project in terms of its value to the State of Chuuk’s economy.

Primary project issues included:

  1. Dependence of the local population upon the natural resources of the Truk Lagoon for food, marine transportation, Chuuk’s visitor industry, and related marine resources;
  2. The State’s need to establish a primary economic base and related employment and income in the private sector;
  3. The relationship of the project to ongoing transshipment activities by international fishing vessels;
  4. Increased vessel traffic within the Truk Lagoon and existing navigation routes; and
  5. Increased wastewater discharges from the tuna cannery and related at-sea disposal.
Three project options were examined for accomplishing the State’s economic objectives for increased employment and income.  Project benefits and consequences were compared and rated to provide the basis for project alternative selection.  The impact analysis primarily evaluated anticipated project impacts upon the water quality of selected wastewater disposal sites, the fill of inland wetland areas, existing vessel navigation, lifestyle and cultural values, and increased employment and income in the cash economy.  Recommended mitigation measures and related responsibilities for implementation were recommended for each mitigative action