American Samoa

Click to download: American Samoa Ocean Plan

American Samoa Ocean Plan
President Obama tasked the federal agencies to coordinate ocean planning efforts through creation of regional planning bodies (RPBs) formed under the National Ocean Policy, and invited non-federal agencies and jurisdictions to participate. Governor Moliga answered the call by appointing two of his cabinet members to serve on the Pacific Islands RPB to represent the needs of the people of American Samoa.

Because of Governor Moliga’s support, American Samoa is now leading the way in the US Pacific Islands through the first jurisdictional ocean plan.  The ocean plan tasks, developed by American Samoa’s agencies and relevant federal agencies, with input from the Territory’s people:

  • promotes multiple use,
  • outlines permitting processes,
  • improves coastal and ocean health,
  • improves cross-agency communication,
  • improves governmental decision-making,
  • encourages adaptation to sea level rise,
  • improves stakeholder engagement in permitting process and other ocean activities, and
  • provides a tool to aid visualizing uses, potential uses, and the environment through Marine Cadastre.

American Samoa Ocean Planning Team
A multi-stakeholder PARTNERSHIP! The Port Administration and Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources of American Samoa assembled a planning team (below) in January 2016 to develop the ocean plan (coastal and marine spatial plan) for the Territory.

Vision for the American Samoa Ocean Plan
The people of American Samoa, with their healthy ocean, coasts and communities, enjoy a thriving and secure environment, economy, and Fa’a Samoa.

One pager describing this effort
One pager in Samoan

American Samoa Stakeholder Assessment
CONCUR, with funding from the Udall Foundation, provided a stakeholder assessment to advise the ASOPT on who to engage, when, where, and how frequently.  It also includes a series of recommendations to help the ASOPT succeed in its endeavor.
Stakeholder Assessment Executive Summary in Samoan
Stakeholder Assessment


Email us with input, feedback, or questions by reaching out to Michael McDonald, Territorial Planner, American Samoa Department of Commerce

The ASOPT consists of members representing:
American Samoa Port Administration
American Samoa Dept. of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR)
American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS EPA)
American Samoa Dept. of Commerce Coastal Management Program (CMP)
American Samoa Dept. of Commerce Planning Department (Planning)
Office of Samoan Affairs (invited)
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC)
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
NOAA Sanctuaries
US Fish and Wildlife Service (US FWS)
National Park Service
US Coast Guard (USCG)
US Department of Defense (DOD)