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American Samoa Coastal Uses Mapping Project

The project fills a critical information gap in ocean management by mapping significant human uses taking place in the nearshore marine environment.

NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai is tied up at a fuel pier in Tutuila with a green, forested mountain in the background.


The project utilized participatory GIS (geographic information system)  data to obtain information regarding where extractive and non-extractive activities take place, where ocean use is most intense, and how uses overlap, as well as the seasonal, cultural, and other aspects of different activities. Data, maps, and analytical products are available to territorial and federal agencies and to local community groups.


The project sought The intent was to gain a better understanding of coastal and ocean uses directly from local experts (resource users, managers, local communities and residents) to create maps of ocean uses and activities that will better inform resource management.


Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on October 04, 2018