Protecting and conserving coral reefs for the benefit of the people of American Samoa, the United States, and the rest of the world.
The Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG) coordinates American Samoa’s coral reef management efforts and activities. The group is a collaboration of five local agencies: the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), the Department of Commerce (DOC) (including AS Coastal Zone Management Program (AS-CMP) & National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS)) the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), and the National Park of American Samoa (NPSA). Member agencies work together by mutual consensus to manage coral reefs with the vision “to protect and conserve reefs for the benefit of the people of American Samoa, the United States, and the world”. The group works toward this vision by implementing strategies to address various areas of coral reef conservation; from education and outreach, policy and enforcement, to scientific research and monitoring.
In 2002, the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force identified the need for action at the local level to reduce key threats to coral reefs and called for the development of Local Action Strategies (LAS) in each of the seven states and territories which possess significant coral reef resources. CRAG prioritizes its efforts based on LAS's of American Samoa:
Land-Based Sources of Pollution
Explore the pages of this website to learn more about how CRAG is addressing these strategies.