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American Samoa


American Samoa, a group of six islands in the South Pacific, is home to a vibrant Polynesian culture and equally vibrant marine biodiversity. The Samoas now host some of the largest populations of Polynesian people who arrived in ocean-going boats as early as 800 B.C. Fa'asamoa—the Samoan way of life—intertwines a sense of ancestral respect and stewardship toward the ocean and its creatures. In Samoan folklore, sea turtles were believed to have the power to save fishermen who were lost at sea by returning them safely to shore. Samoa’s reefs are home to many hundreds of fish species. Among Samoa’s most commercially important fisheries are those for tuna, which migrate long distances in the Pacific. American Samoa is home to the largest tuna processing plants in the world. These facilities process almost 1,000 tons of tuna each day, which highlights the importance of protecting Pacific Ocean ecosystems. Through strong scientific research and sound management, fisheries in the region can be sustainable and Fa’asamoa can be preserved.



Cultural Importance
Ecological Uniqueness
Economic Importance
Protected Areas



Fagellate Bay National Marine Sanctuary
National Park of American Samoa
Charting the Pacific: American Samoa
American Samoa on Wikipeia
Photo Gallery From American Samoa
Samoan Community Tnvolvemnt in Fisheries Managament
American Samoa Longline Fishing Data - fishery information from NOAA


Tuna. Photo:NOAA

Samoan fisherman. Photo: NOAA

Fish on a coral reef. Photo: NPS