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CORAL REEFS

Taotasi Archie Soliai
  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) has found that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed rule to designate critical habitat for seven threatened corals in U.S. waters in the Indo-Pacific is “not based on the best scientific information...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While supportive of federal conservation efforts, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga says he does not support additional federal regulation for coral critical habitat that are already protected under American Samoa law. “American Samoa is already highly-federally...
Congresswoman Amata and Kelley Anderson Tagarino
Washington, D.C — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata focused on coral reef health in a Tuesday hearing of the Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife (WOW). Congresswoman Amata is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2021, H.R. 160,...
Guam Senate in session
Hagåtña, GUAM — Federal officials did not consult Guam and other territories before designating shallow nearshore areas of Pacific islands as critical coral habits, and now senators are asking that the move be halted until they can have input.  In November, the National Marine Fisheries Service...
NMFS’s logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The governors of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas and Guam have requested the US National Marine Fisheries Service to provide an additional 90-days for public comments on the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for seven threatened corals in...
Tutuila viewed from the NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Coral reefs in American Samoa are in good condition according to NOAA’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Program. The U.S. Geological Survey determined that coral reefs in American Samoa protect over 1050 people and more than $46.5 million in infrastructure from flooding...
Molina swimming over a reef in snorkle gear
Seattle, WASHINGTON — A coral reef is part of a delicate balancing act. When stony corals dominate the ocean floor, they form vibrant reefs that are home to marine life. Besides being hotspots teeming with life, reefs can protect shorelines from storms by absorbing coastal swell and storm surge....
First year QUEST students Aveipepe Fua and Xu Yi Pan
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — From those who have long harvested from the sea, we hear the same sad tale over and over: “The fishing was so much better when I was young!”  How can we begin to change this downward trend?  One answer is to build local capacity in Marine Science, where traditional...
coral reef
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa has been awarded funding for the study of coral reefs in the waters off Ofu and Olosega islands in Manu’a, says Marine and Wildlife director Va’amua Henry Sesepasara, at last week’s cabinet meeting, where he gave an update presentation following the 40th...
Some of the local residents and ASG representatives including Miss Pacific Islands, Matauaina To’omalatai, who is also the reigning Miss American Samoa on board the NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai late last month that were briefed on the work scientists are doing on board the research vessel. The tour...

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