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    Black Noddy

    When this baby grows up, it will eat small fish and aquatic invertebrates that are found close to the surface of the water.

    Black Noddy

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    Great Frigatebird

    When this bird grows up, it will have a scissor-shaped tail and elongated angular wings, allowing it to make spectacular flight maneuvers.

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    Masked Booby

    When this dazzling white bird grows up, it will make high velocity plunge-dives in search of fish.

    Masked Booby

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    Red-tailed Tropicbird

    When this baby grows up, it will dive with wings half-folded into the water to catch its prey.

    Red-tailed Tropicbird

Rose Atoll Marine National Monument

Rose Atoll Marine National Monument EST 2009

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Approximately 10,156 square nautical miles of marine ecosystem at Rose Atoll were protected under the Antiquities Act of 1906 on January 6, 2009. Established as Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, it is one of four Marine National Monuments spanning across the Pacific that protects for diverse marine ecosystems and the millions of wildlife in the Central Pacific. In coordination of management between the American Samoan Government, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the Monument area also encompasses protections afforded by the Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and the Muliava Unit of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

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Latest Monitoring Results

Reefs on the Mend After Recovery Efforts

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In October 1993, a 137-foot Taiwanese flagged long-line fishing vessel, Jin Shiang Fa ran aground on the reef of Rose Atoll. Unfortunately, it was carrying whale steaks and the crew may have intended to poach giant clams and sharks. After 1.3 million was awarded to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service resulting in a decade of debris removal and monitoring efforts the reefs are definitely on the mend. 75% of the corals have recovered and invasive algae have decreased by 25%!

Marine Conservation Institute Report

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Afio Mai Brain Peck!

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to welcome Brain Peck to American Samoa as the manager for Rose Atoll Marine National Monument! Brian returns to American Samoa after having worked here from 2008 -2011 as the Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator (RC&D) with NRCS; when he served as the liaison with non-profit RC&D Council. He obtained grant funding and oversaw implementing aquatic and terrestrial habitat restoration projects and promoted small business development. Brian noted with a permanent grin, "I'm excited to be returning to American Samoa and returning to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. My two kids are equally as excited. We enjoy snorkeling, fishing, Samoan culture, and island life in general." Brian spent his most recent years as a U.S. Forest Service Hydro-power Coordinator for two large scale dams in NE Washington. For over 20 years, he worked primarily as a natural resource specialist and fisheries biologist with five U.S. Federal agencies. He started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa. When not at Rose Atoll Monument, you can catch Brian at the Monument Office, co-located in the National Park of American Samoa building.

  • Google Street View Goes Underwater!

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    Catlin Seaview Survey crew recently used specialized equipment to capture thousands of panoramas of the coral reef that were stitched together using Google's famous Street View mapping technology. The results are three-dimensional slices of individual reefs, allowing one to virtually dive around at leisure. The virtual dive begins inside the protected lagoon of Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and moves through the channel on the ocean side of the reef crest, part of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

    Interactive Virtual Dive
  • Video on the Marine National Monuments of the Pacific


    Check out the latest introductory video about the extraordinary cultural and natural life of the Marine National Monuments of the Pacific!

    Hot off the Camera!
  • Final CCP Available

    The Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan is available to view.

    Comprehensive Conservation Planning
Last Updated: Jul 06, 2015
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