Fisheries Division

The Community-based Fisheries Management Program is a co-management approach to resource management, adopted by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources together with participating coastal villages to sustainably manage their marine resources. It is governed by the Community based Fisheries Management Program regulations under the American Samoa Code Annotated. It focuses primarily on setting up the village Marine Protected Areas, establishing the village Fisheries Advisory and  Fisheries Enforcement committees, providing technical training and scientific advice for best fisheries management options and sustainable fishing practices, as well as developing the village fisheries management plan. The main goals and objectives of the program are to provide food security, coral reef health, increase fish abundance and size, promote sovereignty and ownership of fishing communities over their marine resources, foster sustainable tourism and overall protection of American Samoa’s marine environment. 

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Explore the latest announcements and updates related to the activities and programs of the Fisheries Division.