The Department Of Marine & Wildlife Resources

The Department Of Marine & Wildlife Resources

Thursday, November 13, 2014

P.A.L.S Week

The Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources will be opening P.A.L.S Week Celebrations this Friday (Nov. 14, 2014) with the opening of the Floating Dock Marina, across McDonalds in Fagatogo.

In addition there will activities throughout the rest of the week.  Community-based Fisheries Management Program will putting up a booth on Friday (November 21, 2014).  If this is your first (or hundredth) time hearing about our program, we would like to hear from YOU.

If you want to know more, check out the department website:

Monday, October 27, 2014

More Coral ID fun!

The best part of the Coral ID Workshop with Russell Kelley is the satisfaction of finally breaking through the barriers of identifying corals.  The Coral Finder Toolkit is genius! 

Years of conducting biological monitoring surveys, I have tried my hand at identifying corals, but I have failed.  This is mainly because I have applied the same techniques in identifying fish to corals: color and appearance.  Growth forms are complex as it is so it was easier to do so.  In the end, frustration led to the conclusion that all corals look the same.  Now, there is an adrenaline rush to identifying corals because there is no longer the frustration of saying : it looks like this, but it looks more like this...

The experience to learn corals was enjoyable and it was all thanks to Russell Kelley and Rachel Pears.  Thanks guys!  I'm game to do coral species for the next survey.  Like I said before, the Coral Finder Toolkit is GENIUS!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Coral Identification Capacity Building Program in American Samoa

Russell Kelley is in town!

Russell Kelley is the founder of the Coral Finder Toolkit and is in American Samoa to teach managers and biologists easy ways to identify coral species.  This tool is being introduced in the Coral Finder Toolkit Workshop from September 30 - October 3, 2014.  This workshop is being attended by researchers in the Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources, National Oceonographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG).    

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Community-based Fisheries Management Program (CFMP) has integrated with the No-Take MPA Program to further promote marine conservation and management in village communities of American Samoa.  There are 11 Village Marine Protected Areas, including those that are No-Take MPAs, in American Samoa under the Community-based Fisheries Management Program.

  1. Alega
  2. Alofau
  3. Amanave
  4. Amaua & Auto
  5. Aoa
  6. Fagamalo
  7. Fagasa
  8. Matu'u & Faganeanea
  9. Poloa
  10. Sa'ilele
  11. Vatia

A Community Monitoring Workshop was conducted on September 16 - 19, 2014 to inform village mayors and representatives of this integration.  In addition, they have been informed of research results and introduced to partners within the department and government that can help with issues that have contributed to the disintegrated state of the marine resources in their villages.