Workshop Convened to Prioritize Ecosystem and Fisheries Research in Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa

July 24, 2015

Workshop participants.
Workshop participants.

NOAA Fisheries held a 2-day workshop in Utulei, American Samoa in May 2015 to gain insight from local scientists and managers on marine ecosystem and fisheries research needs within the American Samoa Archipelago. This information will be incorporated into an American Samoa marine research implementation plan for 2017-2022.

Over 60 people representing a broad spectrum of organizations in American Samoa, including resource managers, scientists and local community members attended the workshop. Following a series of background presentations by scientists and others, workshop participants identified key topics for research that could be implemented in the next 5 years. They assembled a wide-ranging list of research priorities including threats to coral reefs from Crown-of-Thorns starfish (COTS) outbreaks, environmental contaminants, land-based nutrients, and coral bleaching; effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs); larvae seeding/spillover; occurrence, location, and seasonality of spawning aggregations; mapping of shallow near-shore marine environments using LiDAR and other technologies; and more.

NOAA Fisheries is synthesizing the workshop information and findings and preparing an in-depth report detailing the discussions, results and prioritization process. NOAA Fisheries will incorporate the information into a Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Archipelago Ecosystem and Fisheries Science Action Plan which will be used to guide marine ecosystem and fisheries research planning across the American Samoa Archipelago.

PDF files of the workshop PowerPoint presentations are provided below. They cover a variety of subjects including biosampling and life history of reef fish and bottomfish; South Pacific albacore biology; the American Samoa longline observer program; currently funded NOAA projects; biological connectivity; coral reefs; coral bleaching; crown-of-thorns starfish; communicating with the broader community; contaminants and nutrients; disease; ocean acidification; socioeconomics; habitat mapping and geospatial data; Marine Protected Areas; Muliava (Rose Atoll); sea turtles; and marine mammals.

DISCLAIMER: The following workshop presentation documents reflect the views of the presenter only; the presentations and related workshop discussions do not necessarily represent the opinions or positions of the Department of Commerce, NOAA, or NOAA Fisheries.

Bucchianeri K
Projects Funded by NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program and DOI Office of Insular Affairs Coral Program in cooperation with the American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Clark T
Crown of Thorns (Alamea) Control Efforts in American Samoa. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Clark T
Identifying Fish Movement Patterns using Acoustic Telemetry. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Comeros-Raynal M, Tuiasosopo J
Water Quality Monitoring in American Samoa: status of nutrients at the watershed level. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Cover W
Coral Bleaching Research in American Samoa. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Dieter B, Mausio K, Tagarino K
Geospatial Data and Habitat Mapping: American Samoa. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Hospital J
American Samoa Archipelago Ecosystem Science: Socioeconomics Research. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Humphreys R
Life History of Reef Fish and Bottomfish. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Humphreys R
South Pacific Albacore Biology. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
MacDonald M
Sea Turtles in American Samoa. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Marsik M
American Samoa Pelagic Longline Observer Program. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
(Presented by Miles A) Robbins J, Mattila D, Miles A
Humpback Whale Research at American Samoa. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Miller K
American Samoa Partnerships and Currently Funded Projects. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Murakawa SKK
Sea Turtle Research in American Samoa. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Ochavillo D
American Samoa Commercial Fisheries Biosampling Program. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Ochavillo D, Sabater M, Fenner D, Jacob-Wiles L, Wiles P, Aitaoto T, Wilson D, Kendall M, Poti M
Biological Connectivity in the Samoan Archipelago. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Pendleton F
Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge / Marine National Monument: American Samoa. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Raynal J
American Samoa MPAs: Current Status, Research Needs, Gaps and Opportunities for Collaboration. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Sauafea-Leau F
Communicating With The Broader Community. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Sauafea-Leau F
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) Internal Grant. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Shuler C, Leta O, Duaiova H, El-Kadi Aly, Glenn CR
University of Hawaii Manoa: Water Resources Research Center American Samoa Projects. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Sudek M
Coral Diseases in American Samoa. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Sudek M
Coral Reef Monitoring in American Samoa by Local Agencies. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Urikirifi S
Community Based Fisheries Management Program (CFMP). Village Marine Protected Areas. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Vargas-Ángel B
NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division Integrated Research Overview. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
(Presented by Vargas-Ángel B) Brainard R, Oliver T, Young C, Timmers M, Feely R, Cohen A, Price N, Smith J, Manzello D, Enochs I, Gledhill D, et al.
NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division: Pacific Ocean Acidification Program. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015
Work T
Coral Disease. Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and American Samoa Ecosystem and Fisheries Research Prioritization Workshop. Utulei, American Samoa. May 26-27, 2015