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Pacific Islands Cooperative Agreements

Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) allows state agencies (including American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam) to enter into cooperative agreements with NOAA Fisheries to enhance collaborative efforts focused on the conservation of threatened, endangered, candidate, and proposed species. 

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Oceanic whitetip shark swimming in the open ocean. Oceanic whitetip sharks, so named for the patch of white on their dorsal fins, are a threatened species. Credit: Andy Mann.
Hawksbill hatchlings making their way to the ocean. Hawksbill hatchlings making their way to the ocean. Credit NOAA Fisheries (USFWS Permit #TE-739923-8)