The South Pacific Regional Environment Programme says it's interested to see what the US President's new marine protection plans for some Pacific areas will bring.
This comes as President George W Bush is to announce the creation of the world's largest marine protection area spanning half a million square kilometres including Rose Atoll in American Samoa and a chain of remote Islands in the Central Pacific.
A Marine Conservation Analyst of SPREP, Paul Anderson, says Rose Atoll, which is uninhabited has continued to be protected since 1973.
"Rose Atoll has enjoyed protection for decades already as a US Fish and Wildlife protected site. So... it really won't be changing. It will be changing in name only. It's a turtle nesting site, hawksbill and green turtle nesting sites and there's currently no exploitation at all."
Paul Anderson says he thinks the new US protection regulations may give a deep-sea section to Rose Atoll in American Samoa.