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Findings Support Continued Monitoring of Sediment Reduction Efforts in Faga'alu Bay

24 March 2016, 7:35 pm

Faga'alu Bay, American Samoa, is a U.S. Coral Reef Task Force priority site. Sediment runoff into the bay can place coral health at risk and limited research exists to connect management actions taken in watersheds to downstream impacts in coral reef areas. A new report, produced by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, provides coral reef and coastal managers with baseline information and recommendations needed to evaluate the effectiveness of recent sediment-reduction efforts in Faga`alu Bay. To quantify the effectiveness of these interventions, long-term monitoring of sediment loads and coral community structure will be needed.

Original article: Findings Support Continued Monitoring of Sediment Reduction Efforts in Faga'alu Bay