States / American Samoa
The focus is on managing coastal areas to increase resilience, with an emphasis on balancing environmental, economic, and human wellbeing. Mandated by the Coastal Zone Management Act and the Coral Reef Conservation Act, the federal programs designated for this task are the National Coastal Zone Management Program, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and the Coral Reef Conservation Program. These programs are administered, on the federal side, by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, in partnership with the coastal states.
Coastal Zone Management
American Samoa Coastal Zone Management Program. The coastal zone management program enhances and restores special areas, and educates the public regarding the need to preserve the coastal zone. This effort is supported by the GIS and permitting and zoning teams.
Coral Reef Conservation
American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group. The mission: to promote effective coral management through collaboration and engagement with partners, leaders, and communities. The effort is a collaboration between seven local agencies: American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources; Department of Commerce (including American Samoa's Coastal Zone Management Program and NOAA); National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa; American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency; American Samoa Community College; National Park of American Samoa; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Marine National Monument.
Stories that showcase the recent work of this state’s coastal management efforts.