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National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

Stony coral, Galaxea fascicularis,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Most ocean enthusiasts are familiar with shallow coral reefs: colorful ecosystems teeming with life that support more species than any other marine environment. But what many people don’t know is that these reefs can extend to depths of over 500 feet. These deeper reefs...
screenshot of Rainmaker Mountain and the bay from new website.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) has announced the launch of its new and improved website: americansamoa.noaa.gov. The new website features beautiful photos and videos of American Samoa’s natural resources, and the Sanctuary’s underwater...
A Q&A moment with some of the young ones who participated in the 2019 Get Into Your Sanctuary event at
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) celebrated the annual Get Into Your Sanctuary (GIYS) weekend — earlier this month — with a variety of events targeting specific community groups including the local science network, veterans and senior citizens,...
Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center on August 22nd, during which the council will receive national updates from the Office of National Marine...
Pan American Airways “Samoan Clipper” flying boat in Pago Pago in December 1937.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the assistance of the exploration vessel, EV Nautilus, the US-based Air/Sea Heritage Foundation is launching this week the search of Pan American Airways’ SKORSKY S-42 flying boat, called the “Samoan Clipper”, which crashed off Tutuila waters some 8 decades ago. The...
Erika Radewagen
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa announced the appointment of Erika Radewagen, president of the American Samoa Swimming Association, to its advisory council. She will be a primary member and serve as the representative for the Research seat.  “The...
Aua's Paepaeulupoo fautasi crew
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Those wanting to know more about the unique cultural tradition of fautasi racing are invited to attend the first ever Fautasi Heritage Symposium, scheduled for April 10-12, 2019 at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center. The three-day public symposium, according to event...
Michigan's Stockbridge High School InvenTeam
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first Underwater Robotics Workshop will be hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) today and tomorrow (Nov. 27-28) at the Tauese P. F. Sunia Ocean Center in Utulei. The workshop, called "Joining Hands", is being co-hosted by the NMSAS staff...
Peau, Misaalefua John Hudson — who also took the virtual dive — and a few youngsters who were part of the dive session at Cost-U-Less
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Over 300 adults and children showed up for the Get Into Your Sanctuary (GIYS) 2018 virtual reality diving sessions, hosted by officials and staff members of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa this past Saturday. Three dive locations were set up: Cost-U-Less...
Pictured is LTjg Jarlenski with acting NMSAS superintendent Atuatasi Peau.  [photo: BC]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Yesterday morning, NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) was honored to present the NOAA Corps Achievement Medal to LTjg (Lieutenant Junior Grade) Lauren Jarlenski. The award, according to NMSAS officials, is for Jarlenski's "sustained superior...

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