Wright, D. J.
Public Education and Outreach Materials for the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Oregon State University
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Final Report, October 1 2005 - September 30, 2007
Final project report for NOAA Award No. NA05NMF4631048, Public Education and Outreach Materials for the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary?. The purpose of this project was to develop a suite of public education and outreach materials for the Fagatele National Marine Sanctuary (FBNMS) in American Samoa. FBNMS has been chosen as focus because it is the smallest and most remote of all sanctuaries in the national system (with the only true tropical coral reef in that national system), and has one of the smallest staffs (only three people as compared to as many as fifteen at the largest sanctuaries), without any reduction in the number or extent of education and outreach activities that it plays a great deal in devising, planning, and coordinating within the sanctuary but also throughout the entire territory of American Samoa. In completing this project, the PI was able to leverage her partnerships and collaboration with the sanctuary and the broader GIS community in American Samoa, in recent years, as well as the data, analyses, results, and educational modules recently developed in her lab at Oregon State University. GIS coordinator Paul Anderson of the American Samoa GIS User Group, and FBNMS Education Coordinator Rosia Tavita and Manda Amituanai provided valuable feedback on the outreach and educator materials as they were being 2 developed or updated. Paul, Rosia, and Manda also served as the primary disseminators of these project deliverables for village outreach programs, the Le Tausagi environmental outreach program, secondary school programs developed and sponsored by FBNMS for Coast Week and GIS Day, and other educational activities held in cooperation with the American Samoa Coastal Zone Management Program. It is also hoped that these materials will raise the national profile of this small sanctuary, its overworked staff, and its excellent work.
FY2005 CRCP Project ID 1413; Project Title: General Coral Conservation Grants; Principal Investigator: Liz Fairey. NA05NMF4631048