10 Mar 2008

American Samoa wildlife refuge should be national monument

7:43 pm on 10 March 2008

American Samoa's Governor says Rose Atoll should be declared a national monument.

Rose Atoll, one of the seven islands which make up American Samoa, is currently a national wildlife refuge administered by the American Samoa Government and US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The atoll is home to 12 species of migratory seabirds, and provides nesting ground for the threatened green sea turtle.

Governor, Togiola Tulafono, says the designation of Rose Atoll as a national monument would attract scientists, environmentalists and visitors to Rose and will create new jobs.

Governor Togiola is to travel to Rose with a group of scientists on a US research vessel this week.