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Candidate Sites Characterized for Potential Sanctuary Expansion in American Samoa

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) scientists recently quantified key ecological attributes of candidate areas under consideration for an expanded network of National Marine Sanctuaries in the Territory of American Samoa. At August 10-13 meetings in American Samoa, the scientists presented coral and fish data highlighting the relative importance among the candidate sites to several local interest groups including the Governor of American Samoa, Fagatele Bay Sanctuary Advisory Council, Coral Reef Advisory Group, Office of Samoan Affairs, and the American Samoa Fono (Legislature). Sanctuaries staff and meeting participants used the findings to refine a list of preferred candidate sites that will move forward in the National Environmental Policy Act process to expand the sanctuary network in the territory.

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