The Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources Community- based Fisheries Management Program held a four (4) day workshop last week from September 15-18th 2015. This workshop is to enhance marine stewardship, management and conservation of marine conservation of marine resources with the establishment of Village Marine Protected Areas. The workshop was also to inform communities of marine research results, available assistance provide by our environment partners, and encourage appropriate enforcement mechanisms needed for our Village Marine Protected Areas.
On behalf of our Director of Marine & Wildlife Resources Dr. Ruth Matagi- Tofiga, Community- based Fisheries Management Program Manager Saumaniafaese Uikirifi and Staff we would like to thanked all our partners who presented and share their service towards our communities,Department of Commerce, American Samoa Power Authority, National Park Service. Also to the Village Marine Protected Areas Mayors & Officers we greatly appreciate your collaboration and participation, thanks also to the staff of the Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources for assisting us with our Community Monitoring Workshop.