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C O R A L R E E F A D V I S O R Y G R O U P

UPDATE: May 10, 2022

CRAG IS A COLLABORATION

The Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG) coordinates American Samoa’s coral reef management efforts. CRAG is a collaboration of seven local agencies: the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), the Department of Commerce (DOC)'s Coastal Zone Management Program (AS-CMP), the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), the National Park of American Samoa (NPSA), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Marine National Monument.

CRAG also collaborates with numerous partners; they include: the NGO Ridge to Reefs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Service Office of Pago Pago, US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO), AS Department of Education, AS Power Authority, AS Port Administration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs, and more. The Office of Samoa Affairs (OSA) is a group comprised of village pulenu’u (mayors) and is the most effective avenue to communicate with the villages of American Samoa. CRAG agencies and partners will continue to use the OSA as the first point of contact when conducting work in villages of American Samoa.

CRAG VISION

American Samoa’s coral reef ecosystems are thriving, valued, and conserved.

CRAG MISSION

CRAG promotes effective coral management through collaboration and strong engagement with partners, leaders, and communities.


MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

The Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG) coordinates American Samoa’s coral reef management efforts. Member agencies work together with a vision of thriving, valued, and conserved reefs in the territory. CRAG promotes effective coral management through collaboration and strong engagement with partners, leaders, and communities. We implement various strategies to accomplish this:

  • EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

  • PROMOTION OF SUSTAINABLE FISHING

  • CORAL REEF MONITORING

  • WATERSHED MANAGEMENT AND RESTORATION

  • CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION

  • FACILITATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE PREPAREDNESS AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCY

Please explore this website for more information on how resource managers in American Samoa use these strategies to conserve coral reef ecosystems.

THE CRAG COORDINATION TEAM

CRAG Coordination is a team of people, based at DMWR, who coordinate collaborative coral management efforts among the CRAG agencies and partners, as well as provide updates on local coral reef ecosystem health. This team includes the:


  • Coral Reef Ecologist (coral focus) and Monitoring Program Manager

  • Coral Reef Ecologist (fish focus)

  • Monitoring Technician

  • Special Project Coordinator

  • Invasive Species Coordinator

  • Coral Reef Resilience Coordinator

  • National Coral Reef Management Fellow

  • Education and Outreach Coordinator

  • and, CRAG Coordinator

  • CRAG Coordination can be reached at info@crag.as or 684-633-4456.

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