Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
A Boat ride back to Tutuila Island from Aunu'u Island after the Aunu'u PLA & Household Results Outreach. Malo Le Galulue! Lusila Minoneti, Lucy Jacob, Selaina Tuimavave, Sione Lam Yuen Jr, Kiso So'oto,
Herbie Umi, Siaifoi Fa'aumu, Alofa Tuaumu, Lainie Berry, Leslie Yen, Alice Lawrence, Tafito Aitaoto Taking Photos and Sonny Niue "The Transporter"
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sione's Group presenting No-Take MPA Activity Results. This is the number 1 group during the activity because they were able to fish less. They were fishing enough fish for the number of their household, enough fish so bigger fish inside the MPA can reproduce and have more fish, bigger fish, and also families and the village of Fagasa can benefit from the SPILLOVER.
Malia's Group during the MPA activity. They were allowed to fish outside the No-Take MPA area but not inside. There were three rounds, ten seconds each. After each round it is up to the group if they want to bring some fish inside the no-take area outside because that's how the SPILLOVER process works. Fish Spillover when there is not enough space in the MPA, some of the fish stay inside the no-take zone because those fish and invertebrates are Territorial, that means they rule that area in the ocean.
Malo Le Galulue!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
They were the presenters on Friday, August 6 after Luncheon Presentation. The Honorable Togiola T.A. Tulafono, Governor of American Samoa was the presenter during the lunch break. Fatima was the first to present "To Build, Enhance and Promote Resource Conservation and Management Through a Participatory, Learning and Action (PLA) Approach". Dawn present "Culturally Appropriate Outreach in Support of the Hawaii Statewide Rodent Control Program", Maka'ala present "Community Resiliency and the Loss of Traditional Knowledge in the Face of Climate Change" and Christine present "Outreach and Public Education for Endangered Species and Watershed Restoration on The Island of Lanai."
The 2010 Hawaii Conservation Conference was held at the Hawaii Convention Center from August 4-6, 2010. The theme for this year’s conference was Pacific Ecosystem Management & Restoration. Fatima Sauafea-Leau (NOAA Pacific Island Regional Office) presented on the third day of the conference at room: Ballroom A. Fatima presented about the Participatory Learning Action (PLA) Approach. PLA is a community approach that engages all sectors of a community. PLA is used in gathering information and sharing local knowledge using a diverse range of tools and activities. Some of the tools that she mentioned during her talk were Community Action Plan, Historical Profile, Resource Mapping and Identification of Problems, Cause, Effect, and Solutions. Sione Lam Yuen Jr (MPA Technician MPA Program attended the conference to learn and offer support to Fatima. Sione learned from the Hawaii Conservation Conference that people were sharing ideas, thoughts, techniques, and tools to protect marine resources. They had a shared desire to conserve, preserve and protect the marine resources and the environment for the future of our children and all people. People from Palau, New Zealand, American Samoa, Australia, and different parts of the United States participated. Sione also learned that there are also people from other islands in different countries that are concerned about their own marine resources and the environment because of the changes caused by global warming, human impacts such as pollution, human development and increase in population. Some people talked about preserving native species of marine resources and also native trees and plants that are in the forest. During her talk Fatima discussed how our Program (the MPA Program) used PLA in the village of Aunu’u. Sione was very happy to attend the first international conference of his life. He had fun and felt more motivated to learn about conserve traditional practices.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
97% said the presentations were clear and they were able to understand them (all except 1), 69% favorite topic was MPA talk; 34% liked Coral Reef talk; 17% preferred Climate Change talk and 28% like the activity, 97% thought the presenters were knowledgeable, 93% enjoyed the opportunity and would like to have more similar ones (2 people said no), 86% said fishing is a popular activity in their village (3 people said no), and 59% said they think their village would consider establishing an MPA; 24% (7 mayors) did not know and 7% (2 mayors) said no (Fogagogo and Tafuna).
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
This is after the presentation but before the activity. Everybody participated in filling out an evaluation form that was intended to measure the effectiveness of the outreach conducted. The information from the evaluations will aid in refining the methodoligies employed in carrying out the workshop.
This is group 3 during the activity. They are deciding who will be the first fisherman. This activity is for the youth to gain more knowledge about the No-Take MPA program. Like the benefits that they can get if they have an MPA, what will happen if they protect the fish inside, what if they overfish outside of the MPA and also what can they do to help the MPA become a better place for fish and invertebrates that are in Fagasa's Ocean.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
This photos was taken after snorkeling with Lucy and Tafito at the airport lagoon. It was very interesting because other people saw Sharks and Eagle Rays but we didn't. We were there to practice our Fish ID because it is a very important task for us if we establish our MPA''s. We have to monitor our MPA's and monitoring includes fish id and counting invertebrates that are in our transects that we are going to mark in the MPA. We should be able to identify the kind of fish and inverts that we are protecting for each MPA's for villages.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In order for Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) employee's to monitor Marine Protected Area (MPA), they should learn how to identify different species of fish that are popular in American Samoa. So Sione is snorkleing to practice and learned his fish identification.
Malo le galulue!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Group 2 is working on strategies to gather information from the village of Futiga. So they can use it in the process of Planning for Climate Change in American Samoa. The asset's that they are discussing might be different from the villagers perspective of what's important in their livelihood.
We were having a break from our first 5 25 meters transect on the west of the village of Vatia's MPA. That is the quadrat we used to take photos from every 1 meter along our 5 25 meter transects. Peter and Fale were the first one to lay our 5 25 meters tapes, and Tepora and Sione would count fish and inverts. Joshua was using the quadrac to record substrate cover every meter. We also set 5 25 meters on the east where CFMP have another transect in the VMPA, for more data to help us with our data entry and familiarizing with a software where you can count the different corals, algae's, and inverts.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Group 3 is deciding what to do and Carl is pointing to his son where to fish at. They are trying to figure out a strategy to manage their MPA so they can have enough fish for everybody for the future. Good job everybody!
Group 1 after working together to manage their own Marine Protected Area (MPA) during the activity after the no-take MPA presentation. This group learned a lot about managing and maintaining the MPA if they have one at the village of Fagasa.
Group 2 are working on MPA activity. Shawn is fishing outside the MPA and other members of the group is counting the fishes inside and outside, so they can manage how much their catch for the day is and what's left for another day.
Thanks for accepting our invitation from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, for the MPA program to present on no-take MPA's and their benefits to the families, villages, and community.