ASAA clean-up nets more underwater trash at Utulei beach

Members of the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) Alesana Alesana (left) and Nicky Pulu, just after they pulled trash and tires from the water, this past Saturday at the Utulei Beach Park, as part of the ASAA clean up effort to rid the beach of trash and debris. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

In an effort by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), previously reported by the Samoa News, DMWR is still taking a survey of the island, in an attempt to locate larger pieces of debris in our waters and beaches. A plan for removing the debris islandwide is being formulated by the DMWR.

The Utulei Beach Park was put out as first priority by the request of the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) CEO, Zero Iaulualo.  The ASAA already jump started the work by beginning cleanup at the end of last month. On the first day of the clean up by the ASAA, Iaulualo said that they collected close to 100 lbs. of trash from the water at the beach.

Last Saturday during the clean up, the ASAA located a large tire about 75 yards out and approximately 20 feet down, that they were unable to remove at that time. According to Iaulualo, the ASAA will keep meeting every Saturday for the removal of the trash and debris in the water at Utulei Beach Park.

"We have been pulling out plastic bottles, cans, large lavalava's, clothing and other garbage that has probably been down there for a really long time. There is still a lot more to pull out. We must throw our trash where it belongs... in the trash can and dumpsters, not in the water," he said.


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