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National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

The Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Palau’s International Coral Reef Center on marine protected areas, including the establishment of a sister sanctuary arrangement between Puipuiga lautele o le...
The Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is seeking to fill seats on its advisory council, which represents the public’s interests in sanctuary matters and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following seats...
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....
Ocean Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa and local production company, Fale Film, co-hosted a 2-day Student Filmmaking Workshop on February 28- 29, 2020, with support from American Samoa Department of Education and the Finafinau student sustainability group. It was...
Stony coral, Galaxea fascicularis,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Most ocean enthusiasts are familiar with shallow coral reefs: colorful ecosystems teeming with life that support more species than any other marine environment. But what many people don’t know is that these reefs can extend to depths of over 500 feet. These deeper reefs...
screenshot of Rainmaker Mountain and the bay from new website.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) has announced the launch of its new and improved website: americansamoa.noaa.gov. The new website features beautiful photos and videos of American Samoa’s natural resources, and the Sanctuary’s underwater...
A Q&A moment with some of the young ones who participated in the 2019 Get Into Your Sanctuary event at
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) celebrated the annual Get Into Your Sanctuary (GIYS) weekend — earlier this month — with a variety of events targeting specific community groups including the local science network, veterans and senior citizens,...
Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center on August 22nd, during which the council will receive national updates from the Office of National Marine...
Pan American Airways “Samoan Clipper” flying boat in Pago Pago in December 1937.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the assistance of the exploration vessel, EV Nautilus, the US-based Air/Sea Heritage Foundation is launching this week the search of Pan American Airways’ SKORSKY S-42 flying boat, called the “Samoan Clipper”, which crashed off Tutuila waters some 8 decades ago. The...
Erika Radewagen
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa announced the appointment of Erika Radewagen, president of the American Samoa Swimming Association, to its advisory council. She will be a primary member and serve as the representative for the Research seat.  “The...

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