The Department Of Marine & Wildlife Resources

The Department Of Marine & Wildlife Resources

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Observing Community- based Fisheries Management Program Villages & Discussions with our Grantors Kathy Hollar, E Flinn Curren and Ruth CB Utzurrum. Villages visited were Alofau from the East and Matu'u & Faganeanea Village from the West side of American Samoa. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Community Outreach Program at Amaua & Auto Village

All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and it's inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you'll want to help ensure it's health then share the knowledge to educate and inspire others. Community Outreach Program gives the Community an opportunity to get involved and become good stewardship in preserving their natural resources that they can sustainably maintain and harvest in the future. Empowering our Communities that Conserving our Reefs we'll restore abundance and return sustainable fishing within our Village Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa!

Different Types of  Marine Protected Area's  Presentation
Photos: Faleselau Tuilagi

Maina Bird Eradication Presentation
Photos: Faleselau Tuilagi 

 " Our Reef, Our Resources, Our Future".

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sea Level Rise In American Samoa

American Samoa has a tropical climate moderated by southeast trade winds. There is minimal variation in seasonal temperature. American Samoa has a rainy season from November to April and a dry season from May to October. Typhoons are common from December to March, and it is predicted that these will increase as a result of climate change. Climate Change, specifically sea-level rise, directly impacts American Samoa by increasing flooding or drought conditions. There are limited natural freshwater resources in American Samoa and these may be adversely affected by a rise in the level of saltwater penetration under the island caused by sea level rise.

 Sea level rise in Nu’uuli, perhaps the most significant negative effect higher global temperatures is the rise in sea levels resulting from the thermal expansion (warming causes seawater to expand) of the oceans and melting of ice-caps. It is projected that sea levels will rise by as much as 5 mm per year over the next 100 years as a result of global warming. Utilizing the coarse data currently available to the territory, the American Samoa Coastal Zone Management division developed projection of the areas of Tutuila that may be impacted by a meter rise in sea level. Across the island critical sections of primary roads as well as private and public structures may be affected. The village of Nu’uuli and the airport, in particular, are expected to be heavily impacted. Large portions of the airport runway and most of Coconut Point may become inundated by seawater. Sea level rise, combined with erosion of the coast and reef, could seriously disrupt transportation to and around the islands, and reduce public access to critical services such as the hospital. 

Photo Courtesy: Alice Lawrence

Climate change will impact coral reefs and coastal communities through the effects of sea level rise, changes in storm and rainfall frequency and intensity, increased sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification. Models and vulnerability assessments can prepare communities for potential impacts through planning for climate resiliency. A climate resilient community is better prepared to effectively protect people, society, culture and resources from a changing climate.