Local Action Strategy (LAS)
CRAG member agencies and partners cooperate to manage coral reefs with the vision of healthy and resilient coral reef ecosystems in American Samoa. The group works toward this vision by providing guidance to Territorial leaders and implementing strategies to reach goals that address various areas of coral reef ecosystem conservation. Foci range from education and outreach, policy and enforcement, to scientific research and monitoring.
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.