National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

Managing Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Sanctuary Advisory Council Recruitment

The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa seeks applicants for the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC). The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The SAC holds typically holds 2-4 meetings per year at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center. For additional information call 684-633-6500.

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve a three-year term. Service on the council is on a volunteer basis.

The sanctuary advisory council was established to ensure continuous public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The council's 17 voting members and eight non-voting members serve on a volunteer basis and represent a variety of local user groups, the public, and territorial and federal governmental jurisdictions.

For additional information on Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Advisory Councils and links to council charters and the National Advisory Council Handbook please visit:

Application deadline is July 1, 2019

Application Form (PDF 87kb)


Business/Industry Representative (Voting)
Fishing (Voting)

Sanctuary Advisory Council Non-Governmental Representative Descriptions for Seats Being Recruited

Business/Industry Representative (Voting): familiarity and affiliation with local businesses in communities near the sanctuary; understanding of the links between local businesses, sanctuary resources, and human activities; and ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from ocean-dependent and ocean-associated businesses.

Fishing (Voting): knowledge of subsistence, recreational and/or commercial fishing activities within American Samoa; breadth of experience and knowledge regarding fisheries law, policies, and practices affecting the sanctuary; and ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from sanctuary communities and the fishing community.

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