Baseline Surveys for Coral Reef Community Structure and Demographics in Vatia and Faga’alu Bay, American Samoa

April 01, 2018

This report describes the results of baseline assessment surveys for coral reef benthic structure, coral community demographics, and health condition conducted in Vatia Bay and Faga‘alu Bay, American Samoa in 2015.

This report describes the results of baseline assessment surveys for coral reef benthic structure, coral community demographics, and health condition conducted in Vatia Bay and Faga‘alu Bay, American Samoa, by the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program of NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, from 23 October to 15 November 2015.

The work was funded by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program through two internal projects titled “Comprehensive Baseline Assessment and Pilot test of Outcome Performance Measures in Faga’alu Bay, American Samoa,” awarded to Suzie Holst (NOAA National Ocean Service) and “Eutrophication Impacts on Coral Ecosystem Health in Vatia, American Samoa,” awarded to David Whitall (NOAA National Center for Coastal and Ocean Science).


Vargas-Angel B, Schumacher BD. 2018. Baseline surveys for coral reef community structure and demographics in Vatia Bay and Faga'alu Bay, American Samoa. Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Special Publication, SP-18-002, 38 p.  https://doi.org/10.7289/V5/SP-PIFSC-18-002.

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