Amata Welcomes $560,000 for Coral Reef Conservation

November 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming $560,000 in federal funds for the Territory’s cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for coral reef conservation, along with a related grant that also includes American Samoa.

As part of NOAA’s extensive Coral Reef Conservation Program, well over a half million in federal dollars will be directed to the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife for the Territory’s coral reef preservation efforts, as conducted in cooperation with NOAA, and requiring $16,340 in matching funds.

“Our beautiful islands need healthy coral reefs, so that all the marine life in our waters continues to thrive,” said Aumua Amata. “These federal resources will help the Territory conduct efforts to manage these resources so future generations can enjoy the same things we love about our islands now."

A second grant also names American Samoa as one of the several places to benefit. These funds, another $335,000 grant in total, are for Western Pacific Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishery Resource Assessment and Management, and includes American Samoa, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, through the activities of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program is announcing grants for coral reef conservation projects and scientific studies in seven U.S. States and Territories. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, led by Secretary Wilbur Ross. NOAA is administered by Dr. Tim Gallaudet, a retired Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, where he served as Oceanographer of the Navy.

“Congratulations to the Department of Marine and Wildlife, Director Va'amua Henry Sesepasara, and Deputy Director Selaina V. Tuimavave,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “Thank you to Secretary Ross, Dr. Gallaudet and NOAA for supporting American Samoa.”