American Samoa’s ocean economy employs up to 4,834 people annually—about 40 percent of the territory’s total employment. Annual gross domestic product is about $641 million.
Of the four sectors of American Samoa’s ocean economy, living resources is the leading employer, accounting for over 60 percent of ocean economy employment and about 37 percent of total private sector employment. Tourism and recreation accounts for about 20 percent of employment within the ocean economy.
Two weather disasters affected American Samoa in 2018—and a total of three affected the territory between 2010 and 2018.
American Samoa’s coral reefs provide over $33 million in protection to buildings and the local economy every year.**