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CRAG Partners

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 a:

Coral Ecologist

Fish Ecologist

Monitoring Technician

Marine Protected Areas Coordinator

Watershed Coordinator (via Ridge to Reefs)

National Coral Reef Management Fellow

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Climate Change Coordinator

Finance Manager

and, CRAG Coordinator

CRAG Coordination can be reached at info@crag.as or 684-633-4456. CRAG agencies can be reached via the links in the description above.

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