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In the News - 2011

NOAA releases "A Biogeographic Assessment of the Samoan Archipelago" a unique look at regional ocean climate, connectivity among islands due to larval transport, distributions of reef fish and coral communities, and the extent of existing marine protected areas. Click here for more details and to download the report.

Discover American Samoa's Maritime Heritage!

A new document Climate Impacts to the Nearshore Marine Environment and Coastal Communities: American Samoa and Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary has been accepted to the ONMS Conservation Series. The paper identifies and synthesizes potential climate change impacts in American Samoa and the region over the next fifty years. This information will help inform priority management actions for the Sanctuary to take to respond to the impacts of climate change on natural systems and human activities within American Samoa.

Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary is accepting applications for two seats to serve on the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC)! The SAC advises sanctuary management on topics such as resource protection, research and education. Positions are now available for Business/Industry and Community At Large: Tutuila East Side! Please see our flyer for more information. A complete description of the SAC can be found in the SAC Charter. If you would like to download an application please click here.

Fagatele Bay staff Kevin Grant and Emily Gaskin joined the Governor of American Samoa the Honorable T.A. Tulafono and National Marine Sanctuaries Director Dan Basta on a four day expedition to Swains Island. The purpose of the trip was to highlight the natural and cultural history of the remote island. Furthermore, the office of national marine sanctuaries hoped to assess injuries to coral reef resources resulting from the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan and the ensuing tsunami. To read the full Swains Island Expedition Journal click here.

Payment awarded to Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Dive Into Education establishes teacher program.

FBNMS' Deputy Director awarded NOAA bronze medal.

Learn about Fagatele Bay NMS' 2010 humpback whale survey.

On September 30th 2010, FBNMS staff led 50 students from Aua Elementary school, (Grades 3, 7 & 8), parent/chaperones and 2 teachers, on an educational field trip to Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Upon arriving at the Fagatele Bay hiking trail, students received a lecture on marine conservation and the wise use of marine resources. A question and answer period was held on the beach, and then students got a first hand look at the marine resources of Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This science field trip was coordinated through the American Samoa Coastal Management Program in conjunction with its annual Coastweeks events. (photo of kids at FBNMS, 108 kb).

Talatonu Lutu, an 8-year old student who participated in the field trip, provided this 'Thank You' letter and drawing of Fagatele Bay.

20 high school students spent the day aboard NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai for the 2010 Education Cruise. To read about it, click here.

The entire Territory of American Samoa has been designated a Preserve America Community by First Lady Michelle Obama. The Territory of American Samoa's Preserve America application was written and developed with assistance from Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Pacific Islands Region of the Office of the National Marine Sanctuaries. For more information about the Preserve America program, contact cheryl.oliver@noaa.gov. Download press release for full story. (pdf, 44KB)

Check out Fagatele Bay's management plan review as the site explores new directions in the upcoming years. The Public Comment period for the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan Review has finished. For more information go to the management plan review page.

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