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CORAL REEFS

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa has been awarded funding for the study of coral reefs in the waters off Ofu and Olosega islands in Manu’a, says Marine and Wildlife director Va’amua Henry Sesepasara, at last week’s cabinet meeting, where he gave an update presentation following the 40th...
Some of the local residents and ASG representatives including Miss Pacific Islands, Matauaina To’omalatai, who is also the reigning Miss American Samoa on board the NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai late last month that were briefed on the work scientists are doing on board the research vessel. The tour...
[Gloal News]
Upolu, SAMOA —  Coral reef coverage off the main Samoan island of Upolu sank to less than 10 per cent due to global warming and other local factors in the area, according to findings by researchers published in the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin in April. Scientists participating in...
QUEST students and staff pose for a photo after a successful day of reef fish surveys in the water, last week, as part of the Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques (QUEST) field course, a component of the class MSC 280, Marine Science Special Projects. The QUEST course took place from March 12-17, in Nu’uuli uta, with surveys conducted at Avao.  [Courtesy photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — How are American Samoa’s coral reefs doing? With coral (amu) bleaching in the news so often, and American Samoa’s reefs featured in the documentary “Chasing Coral”, many American Samoa Community College (ASCC) students have been wondering what they can do to help. One of...
 A coral reef off an island in Fiji's Yasawa Group [Photo: RNZI/Sally Round]
The rapid depletion of coral reefs could prove more damaging for small islands than sea level rise, according to recently published research. Coral reefs provide an important barrier for coastlines, creating friction that slows down and dissipates the energy of waves rushing in off the ocean. But...