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Coral Reef Ecosystems of American Samoa: 2002–2010 Overview

August 31, 2018

This booklet provides an overview of key findings on corals, reef fish, and ocean conditions around the islands and atolls of American Samoa collected during research missions in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010.

American Samoa Coral Reef Ecosystem Overview Cover

The overview booklet summarizes key findings and temporal trends from American Samoa Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (ASRAMP) surveys in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010—part of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program’s broad-scale Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Across the U.S. Pacific Islands, Pacific RAMP surveys incorporate benthic habitat mapping, ecological and environmental assessment and monitoring, and applied research to support improved ecosystem-based management and conservation. This summary booklet builds on the comprehensive analyses of research surveys published in the Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Report for American Samoa: 2002–2006. In the overview, we analyzed and summarized ecosystem information to provide user-friendly figures, tables, maps, and descriptions. The booklet provides a snapshot of coral reef health and conditions at islands and atolls in American Samoa as well as comparisons to other reefs across the U.S. Pacific region.


Coral Reef Ecosystems of American Samoa: 2002–2010 Overview, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, 48 p., 2011.

Last updated by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on 08/31/2018

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