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Earth Is Blue

Our planet is an ocean planet: Earth is Blue. The National Marine Sanctuary System protects some of the most iconic underwater places throughout the United States, but we can't do it without you. No matter where you are, the ocean and Great Lakes are in your hands. We hope the images of Earth Is Blue inspire you to help care for our ocean and to spread the word that Earth isn't green – it's blue.

Stories from the Blue

Stories from the Blue celebrates the people at the center of the National Marine Sanctuary System.

A Fautasi being rowed through a bay

Atuatasi Lelei Peau

Fa'aSamoa through the lens of NMSAS Superintendent Atuatasi Lelei Peau

A Fautasi being rowed through a bay


"To maintain our identity, that’s the most important thing to us."

A Fautasi being rowed through a bay

Paula Stevenson McDonald

"When they come out here on the canoe, they’re reconnected with the ocean."

Peter Taliva`a

Peter Taliva`a

"We are the people of the sun. We are the people of hospitality."

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map showing the boundaries of National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

Location & maps

Maps of National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa sanctuary units are here.

The sanctuary is located in both territorial and federal waters of the U.S. territory of American Samoa. American Samoa constitutes the eastern portion of the Samoan archipelago, a 301 mile (485 km) long volcanic island chain in the South Pacific Ocean region of Polynesia. American Samoa is midway between Hawai’i and New Zealand. It is the only U.S. territory south of the equator and is composed of seven land masses, including five volcanic islands and two coral atolls.

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