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American Samoa

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Coastal Population 55,502 (coastal states summary - PDF)
Coral Species Identified 2,700 + (coral factsheet - PDF)

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in American Samoa.

Funding: American Samoa Coastal Management Program

Fast Facts

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Changing Lands

Forest is American Samoa’s largest land cover category (63.88 percent). Almost two thirds of the territory is forested.

Use NOAA’s high resolution coastal land cover data or the Land Cover Atlas to see change along American Samoa’s coast.

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Coral Economics

American Samoa’s coral reefs and associated ecosystems have an average economic value of more than $11 million per year. Find the details in this report.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for American Samoa's coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

Short Stories: Making a Difference in American Samoa

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