11 May 2010

Push to broaden American Samoa marine initiative

1:05 pm on 11 May 2010

The American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is hoping that other villages in the territory will sign up to establish marine protected areas.

Last week, Fagamalo became the first village to establish an area where fishing will be prohibited.

An official at the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources says they are targeting villages that have a lot of fish.

Lucy Jacob says one of the benefits of a protected area is it allows fish to grow in size and reproduce.

"If you protect them and allow them to grow large then they produce thousands of thousands times more eggs which get distributed all they way around the Samoan islands so that would benefit the rest of American Samoa."

Lucy Jacob says after a few years once lots of fish develop inside the protected area, they then spill over into other areas.