Amata Welcomes NOAA Coral Reef Grant of $536,964

October 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a grant of $536,964 for American Samoa’s coral reef conservation through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

These funds are available to the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources under the Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreement. American Samoa Government would need to match $49,588 in funding.

“American Samoa is a beautiful place, and healthy coral reefs will always be an important part of our islands’ ecosystem and coasts,” said Aumua Amata. “I want to especially thank Director Va'amua Henry Sesepasara and the Marine and Wildlife Department for your efforts, along with NOAA for this federal support.”

NOAA is issuing grants for coral conservation projects and scientific studies in seven U.S. states and territories as part of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. Among these projects are efforts to heal and protect damaged reefs, and address ongoing needs due to climate, pollution or fishing.

“Healthy and diverse coral reefs support the nation’s blue economy through tourism and recreation, coastal flood and storm protection, and seafood production,” said Jennifer Koss, director of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program in the announcement. “We are delighted to continue funding research and activities that reduce local threats and advance conservation strategies so that we can sustain coral reef ecosystems for generations to come.”

NOAA is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce that is led by Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, Dr. Neal Jacobs.