Downloadable DataBenthic Surveys in Vatia, American Samoa since 2015: benthic images collected during belt transect surveys in 2015
Jurisdictional managers have expressed concerns that nutrients from the village of Vatia, Tutuila, American Samoa, are having an adverse effect on the coral reef ecosystem in Vatia Bay. Excess nutrient loads promote increases in algal growth that can have...
Downloadable DataBenthic cover derived from photo transects in Vatia, American Samoa from 2015-11-02 to 2015-11-12 (NCEI Accession 0169726)
Metadata Thumbnail The benthic cover data described here were generated from the quantitative analysis of photoquadrat benthic images using image analysis software, whereby random points are projected on each image and the benthic elements falling directly underneath each p...
Downloadable DataBenthic Surveys in Vatia, American Samoa: comprehensive assessment of coral demography (adult and juvenile corals) from belt transect surveys between 2015-11-02 and 2015-11-12 (NCEI Accession 0165016)
Metadata Thumbnail Jurisdictional managers have expressed concerns that nutrients from the village of Vatia, Tutuila, American Samoa, are having an adverse effect on the adjacent coral reef ecosystem. Excess nutrient loads promote increases in algal growth that can have del...
ResourceEutrophication Impacts on Coral Ecosystem Health in Vatia, American Samoa
Jurisdictional managers have expressed concerns that nutrients from the village of Vatia are having an adverse effect on the coral reef ecosystem in the bay. Excess nutrient loads promote increases in algal growth which can have deleterious effects on co...
ResourceLand-based pollution impacting coral reefs in Vatia Bay.
"The coral reef in Vatia Bay, American Samoa, is in peril. Recently, staff from NOAAs Coral Reef Ecosystem Program conducted underwater surveys to document the status of coral communities by measuring percent coral cover and coral demographics at 18 sites...
Downloadable Data2010 NOAA American Samoa Mobile Lidar
Metadata Thumbnail This data set contains three-dimensional mobile lidar elevation data for seven villages in American Samoa on the island of Tutuila. The seven villages are: Fagaalu, Fagotogo, Pago Pago, Vatia, Leone, Amanave, and Poloa. The data were collected by Sanborn ...
ResourceBaseline Surveys for Coral Reef Community Structure and Demographics in Vatia Bay and Faga'alu Bay, American Samoa
"This report describes the results of baseline assessment surveys for coral reef benthic structure, coral community demographics, and health condition conducted in Vatia Bay and Fagaalu Bay, American Samoa, by the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) of NO...
ResourceBaseline surveys for coral reef community structure and demographics in Vatia and Faga'alu Bay, American Samoa / B. Vargas-Angel, Brett D. Schumacher.
"This report describes the results of baseline assessment surveys for coral reef benthic structure, coral community demographics, and health condition conducted in Vatia Bay and Faga'alu Bay, American Samoa, by the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) of N...
Downloadable DataCoral reef ecosystem marine protected area monitoring in Fagamalo, American Samoa: benthic images collected during belt transect surveys in 2015
In 2010 the village of Fagamalo, Tutuila, American Samoa, designated a no-take Marine Protected Area that sees the protection of 2.25 square kilometers of ocean. Because little is known regarding the status of living marine communities in the area, and at...
ResourceSocioeconomic survey on the marine environment, pollution, and village adaptive capacity: Vatia, Aunuu and Faga'alu Villages survey results, October and November 2014
Metadata Thumbnail "During October and November, 2014 socioeconomic resident surveys were conducted in three villages on Tutuila Island, American Samoa. The purpose of the survey was to gain a better understanding regarding: 49700.xml archive_bootstrap backup {BASEDIR} blea...
ResourceReef fish and benthic marine surveys in Faga'alu and Vatia watersheds, Tutuila, American Samoa : depth-stratified random biological monitoring surveys conducted by NOAA 4-6 April 2012.
"In 2012, staff of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center surveyed the bays fed by these priority watersheds with the same methods used in the long-term Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program ...
Downloadable DataIntroduced Marine Species in Pago Pago Harbor, Fagatele Bay and the National Park Coast, American Samoa: Survey of October 2002 (NODC Accession 0002177)
The biological communities at ten sites around the Island of Tutuila, American Samoa were surveyed in October 2002 by a team of four investigators. Diving observations and collections of benthic observations using scuba and snorkel were made at six statio...
ResourceIntegrating climate resiliency and adaptation into community marine spatial planning
The project aims to utilize existing coral resiliency data, including results from Dr. Arielle Levine's project on socio-ecological resiliency of coral reef fisheries and MPA surveys, to facilitate a meeting with resource managers on identifying an integr...
ResourceSocial-ecological vulnerability assessment of reef fisheries and communities to promote climate resiliency in American Samoa
To better understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change in American Samoa, it is important to identify the factors that make specific places, people, and ecosystems most vulnerable to climate impacts.Project Objectives: 1. Conduct a climate-change...
ResourceSocioeconomic assessment for marine protected areas and watershed management areas in American Samoa
Metadata Thumbnail "This project implemented socioeconomic surveys in key villages associated with marine protected areas and watershed management areas in American Samoa. Surveys were administered during 2012-2013 in ten Community-based Fisheries Management Program (CFMP) ...
ResourceGeologic setting and ecological functioning of coral reefs in American Samoa
"American Samoa is rich in coral reefs and all islands are more or less fringed by coral reefs. Although structurally not part of the Samoan chain, political American Samoa includes Rose Atoll, a true atoll, and Swains Island. The coral reefs of American ...
ResourceResults of the Territorial Coral Reef Monitoring Program of American Samoa for 2011, Benthic Section
"In 2011, transect data was collected on the reef slopes and reef sites, and coral biodiversity data was collected on reef slopes and reef flats (for the first time). Both transects and coral biodiversity were also taken from both the reef flat and pools ...
ResourceSocioeconomic monitoring of village MPAs in American Samoa
The aim of this project is to work with American Samoa’s Community-based Fisheries Management Program (CFMP) to formalize their socioeconomic monitoring program. Traditionally, villages in American Samoa controlled exclusive rights to manage their nearsho...
ResourceIdentifying coral reef resilience potential in American Samoa based on CRED coral reef monitoring data
Purpose/Need: Reefs in American Samoa have been repeatedly impacted by predation from Crown-Of-Thorns Seastars (COTS), and are also increasingly threatened by impacts related to climate change such as bleaching. Local managers have expressed a specific in...
Downloadable Data1995 Quantitative Survey of the Corals of American Samoa (NODC Accession 0001972)
A survey of coral communities was carried out in the American Samoa Archipelago to assess the current status of coral reefs and provide a rigorous quantitative baseline dataset for future monitoring of these reefs. Five replicate belt transects were used ...
ResourceCoral reef ecosystem monitoring training and capacity building to support improved resource management in American Samoa
Purpose/needs: The American Samoa’s Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), which is the current centralized authority responsible for coral reef management in the Territory, has reached out to the CRED to request training and capacity buildi...
Downloadable DataIdentifying coral reef resilience potential in Tutuila, American Samoa based on NOAA coral reef monitoring data from 2010 to 2016. (NCEI Accession 0169632)
Metadata Thumbnail Declines in the health of coral reef ecosystems lead scientists to search for factors that support reef resilience: the ability of reefs to resist environmental stress and recover when they have been impacted, and to maintain key ecosystem functions throu...
Downloadable DataNOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program: 2016 projects in priority watersheds to reduce the impacts of land based sources of pollution on corals
In 2016 the following projects will take place to work on understanding and reducing the impacts of land based sources pollution on corals: Input of Sediments and Nutrients into Cocos Lagoon and Surrounding Areas from the Manell Geus Watershed, Guam: Thi...
ResourceResults of the Territorial Monitoring Program of American Samoa for 2007, Benthic Portion
"One new site was added in the northwest, at Masacre Bay. The mean benthic cover for all 12 sites was unchanged from 2005 to 2007. All differences between years of all benthic categories were less than 3%, and due to random chance. Thus, there was no loss...
ResourceResults of the Territorial Coral Reef Monitoring Program of American Samoa for 2012, Benthic Section
"Benthic cover of corals, coralline algae, and turf all vary greatly from one site to another around Tutuila. Coral cover averaged 36%. Mean coral cover has increased from 25.5% in 2005 to 36.3% in 2012. Crustose coralline algae is now the second largest ...