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An investigation into marine resource use and management in Aunu'u, American Samoa a household survey
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    American Samoa, Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources ; Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.) ; Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (U.S.) ; ... More ▼
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    "A household survey was carried out in the community of Aunu'u, American Samoa. Aunu'u island has a land area of 1.52 km2 (0.59 m2) and a population of 476 (U.S. Census 2000). Like other Pacific Island cultures, the Samoans have depended on coral reef resources for much of the 3000 year time period that they are known to have existed in Samoa. The introduction of Western culture throughout the last century in American Samoa has led to a shift from a subsistence lifestyle to a cash-based economy where families rely on jobs for income to buy food. The island of Aunu'u is being considered as a priority site for potential MPA designation. Biological data have shown that Aunu'u has relatively healthy and diverse coral reefs and fish populations. A household survey was created as part of a larger socioeconomic assessment of the community to attempt to answer assessment objectives relating to: dependency on, use of, perceptions of, knowledge of and attitudes towards marine resources as well as management structures and receptiveness to new management. An attempt was made to carry out a full households census and carry out an interview with each household. According to the 2000 Unite States household census, there are 78 households in Aunu'u. However, at the time of this survey only 39 households were located indicating that approximately half of the households may have moved away from Aunu'u"--Executive summary.

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