Ta'u, Manu'a Islands, American Samoa
Coral reef fisheries are an integral to part of the Samoan culture. Fishes and invertebrates associated with coral reefs have provided food, livelihood, and cultural use (weddings, funerals, birthdays, social title conferment) for the Samoan people for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
Historically, Samoans have used traditional methods and gears to exploit near shore resources. However, the management of coastal resources in the territory necessitates collaboration among local agencies because of many developments, including an increase in fishing pressure due to an expanding population and global climate change.
The Coral Reef Advisory Group provides small grants to supplement the grants that the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources use as the territory’s lead agency in implementing programs to manage the coastal and pelagic resources.