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Management Strategies

Local Coral Reef Management Actions, Response Plans, and Strategies

Local Action Strategy (LAS)

Reef Response Plan (DRAFT)

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Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years.

Watershed systems can drastically change coral reef ecosystems as changes in freshwater can affect the transportation of organic matter, nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus, and salinity. Degradation in water quality increases coral stress, making them susceptible to storms and disease and reducing resilience.

Sustainable fishing practices are essential for ocean health. By reducing the impact of fishing on the environment, we can ensure that fish populations remain healthy and abundant. Sustainable fishing practices can ensure that fishing operations are economically viable and socially responsible, providing a livelihood for fishermen and their families.

Climate change impacts severely threaten coral reef ecosystems. Infrequent mass coral bleaching events and annual bleaching have already been documented in American Samoa. Coral reefs are vital for local fisheries and shoreline protection. As sea level rises and mass bleaching and acidification kill corals, coastal areas become increasingly prone to erosion and inundation from wave action. 

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