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Work Plan for the Biogeographic Assessment of Samoa; In Support of the Two Samoas Initiative

Scientists with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently published the first step in developing a biogeographic assessment for Samoa. The work plan, entitled Biogeographic Assessment of Samoa: In Support of the Two Samoas Initiative of American Samoa and Samoa, outlines planned research to provide information to support marine resource management in Samoa and help identify potential areas for a network of marine protected areas within the Samoan archipelago. The document is intended to foster discussion, explore ideas, and obtain feedback on the evolving scope and approach of the work. Planned products include: geospatial analyses and maps depicting the spatial and temporal distributions of oceanographic features and patterns, potential larval transport pathways among islands, selected marine species and species assemblages; and the identification of biologically significant areas. Ultimately, the study will support the Two Samoas Initiative between Samoa and American Samoa, by identifying shared environmental problems, facilitating the exchange of management approaches, and considering resources that would benefit from coordinated management. This work aids in the evolving co-management of marine resources shared by the two nations’ and will provide fundamental geospatial data products in support of marine protected area designation and evaluation. For more information visit http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/samoan_archipelago/.

M.E. Monaco and M.S. Kendall. 2010. Biogeographic Assessment of Samoa: In support of the Two Samoas Initiative of American Samoa and Samoa. NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCMA. 13 pp.

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