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Marine Sanctuary eco-tour demo a big hit

More than 150 people — young and old— took part in the first Eco-Tour Adventure held at the Fagatele Bay in Futiga this past Saturday. The event was hosted by NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) as part of its Get Into Your Sanctuary (GYIS) program.


Some of the people who were in attendance are local residents who had never visited Fagatele Bay until this past weekend. Most say they look forward to taking their families there someday to enjoy the beautiful scenery.


An umu demonstration was carried out and everyone in attendance received a wealth of helpful information about the area from tour guides who have knowledge of the site. Activities such as basket weaving were conducted and sparked a lot of interest — and smiles.


The GIYS program aims to highlight a different unit of the NMSAS every month during the duration of eight months, and the next tour will be held in Aunu’u in April.