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NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is seeking applicants for the primary research seat on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in Sanctuary management and provides advice to the Sanctuary superintendent.


“The members of our advisory council represent an extremely important element of our community,” said Gene Brighouse, Sanctuary superintendent. “Their input, experience, and expertise assist the Sanctuary in making informed and timely decisions on how to best manage our wildlife and habitats.”


Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve a three-year term.


The Sanctuary advisory council was established to ensure continuous public participation in the management of the Sanctuary. The council’s 17 voting members and eight non-voting members serve on a volunteer basis, represent a variety of local user groups, the general public, and territorial and federal governmental jurisdictions.


Applications are due March 31. An application kit and more information can be obtained by contacting Joseph Paulin at 633-6500; email <>; or by mail to the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa,  PO Box 4318, Pago Pago, AS 96799. Application kits can also be downloaded from the Sanctuary’s website at




Congresswoman Aumua Amata attended the annual Interagency Group on Insular Affairs (IGIA) Senior Plenary Session where she thanked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for her assistance during the shipping slowdown.


“I want to take this opportunity to thank Secretary Jewell for meeting with me during the shipping slowdown. I know that her influence behind the scenes contributed to the positive resolution reached between the two sides,” said Amata.


These important meetings are intended to bring together the elected officials from the Insular Areas so that they may solicit and report to the Administration as a delegation. By coming together as one voice, the Insular Areas are able to deliver a joint message for the benefit of their citizens.


“As the Vice Chairman for the Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs, Natural Resources Subcommittee, I look forward to working with Governors Lolo, Inos, Calvo and Mapp to further the goals and objectives of our regions.


(Media release Aumua Amata’s office)