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Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) and Open Water Module (OWM) in American Samoa

The first ever Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) and Open Water Module (OWM) were conducted September 16-19 and 23-25, 2013 respectively, in American Samoa. The courses were held in large part to fulfill the needs of National Parks Service (Department … Continue reading

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Researchers continue studies of effects of water circulation and sedimentation on benthic communities at Faga`alu Bay, American Samoa

By Bernardo Vargas-Ángel Members of the benthic and oceanography teams of the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) are on a 2-week deployment on Tutuila, American Samoa, as part of 2 projects funded by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. Both projects … Continue reading

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Study reveals differences in coral development within Faga`alu Bay, American Samoa

By Bernardo Vargas-Ángel Analyses of quantitative data from surveys conducted last year in American Samoa corroborate anecdotal patterns of differences in coral cover and demographics between the northern areas and the southern and central areas of Faga`alu Bay. Here, we provide a … Continue reading

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Survey of mesophotic coral reefs completed in the Manu`a Islands, American Samoa

Scientists Marie Ferguson, Jeremy Taylor, and John Rooney from the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) and Tee Jay Letalie of the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) recently completed an 18-day project to survey habitats and … Continue reading

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Mapping cruise to study coral reefs of Manu`a Islands, American Samoa

Scientists from the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) and American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) are about to embark on a 13-day research cruise to map and characterize the coral reef ecosystems around the Manu`a Islands … Continue reading

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