SE16-01: Secretary of the Office of Samoan Affairs, District Governor of Manu’a, and District Governor of American Samoa East District visit the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette in Pago Pago, American Samoa

On Friday March 04, 2016 PIFSC and NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette honored a request from the Secretary of the Office of Samoan Affairs (OSA), Paramount Chief (PC) Mauga Tasi Asuega, to officially tour the Sette, and experience the NOAA research vessel’s working environment while sharing a meal with the ship’s Officers, Crew and Science Team.  Mr. Keneti Tanuvasa, OSA Administrative Officer delivered the request while attending the NOAA Fisheries Research pre-cruise briefings conducted by Dr. Joseph O’Malley, and Mr. Robert Humphreys in October 2015. Accompanying PC Mauga to the working breakfast on the Sette were High Talking Chief Misaalefua John Hudson, OSA District Governor of Manu’a and High Talking Chief Alo Paul Stevenson, OSA District Governor American Samoa East District. Also joining the breakfast were the ship’s Polynesian Shipping Port Agent, High Chief Samia Peter Te’o, Ms. Monica Miller of radio station 93KHJ, and Mr. Felise Amoamoa, KVZK TV News Reporter and camera crew.

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Figure 1. Group shot of Paramount Chief and District Governors with PIFSC scientists.

After breakfast, Life History Program Leader, Mr. Robert Humphreys, discussed with the group the cruise mission, as well as Samoan fisheries. The NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette Commanding Officer LCDR Keith Golden then led the visitors on a ship tour.  The morning commenced with a morning prayer by KVZK’s Mr. Felise Amoamoa and a Samoan cheer led by Paramount Chief Mauga Tasi Asuega.

Figure 2. LCDR Golden accompanies Paramount Chief and District Governors on a tour of the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette.

Figure 2. LCDR Golden accompanies Paramount Chief and District Governors on a tour of the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette.

Soon after the visitors left, the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette ‘threw lines’ and departed Pago Pago Harbor.  The ship’s complement was in high spirits as they began scientific operations after this great visit by their distinguished guests!

Figure 3. Paramount Chief Mauga leads the ship’s crew on a Samoan cheer.

Figure 3. Paramount Chief Mauga leads the ship’s crew on a Samoan cheer.

For a cruise overview, click here.

To read about the SE16-01 Blog 1 – Outreach event with American Samoa Community College Students, click here

Stay tuned to the PIFSC blog for cruise updates as we follow the scientists during the Samoa Archipelago Fisheries Research Cruise.

 

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