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American Samoa hosts 40th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting

On August 13 – 16, 2018 American Samoa will host the 40th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) Meeting bringing over 150 participants to our shores. The last time Pago Pago hosted this exclusive meeting was in August 2012.

The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) holds biannual meetings in Washington, D.C. in the Spring and, on a rotational basis, in each of the USCRTF member jurisdictions in early fall.

hese meetings provide a venue to report on the status of ongoing coral reef initiatives in local areas, an opportunity to discuss resolutions and the status of past resolutions, and allow for public participation regarding coral reefs and their conservation. The USCRTF includes leaders of 12 Federal agencies, seven U.S. States, Territories, and three Freely Associated States.

The task force was established in 1998 by Presidential Executive Order and aims to build partnerships, strategies, and support for on-the-ground action to preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems.

[Source: American Samoa Visitors Bureau Official Newsletter, Issue 96, August 2018]

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