The interior gives $ 1. 3M in FY 18 funding to protect coral reefs in a narrow area - WASHINGTON (press release) -Doug Domenech, US Department of Interior Assistant Minister for shortsighted and international affairs, the week was approved $ 1,345,256 in fiscal 2018 grant funds under the initiative of coral reefs and natural resources for US Territory and related free governments.
The shortsighted office of Director Nik Pula's affairs on American Samoa this week to Co-chair 40 US coral reef Task Force meetings where he announced funding.
"The Assistant Secretary and I are very pleased to provide this assistance to the US and government-free regions and help protect coral reefs and marine resources," said Director Pula. "From coral rehabilitation, outreach, recovery, and elimination of invasive species and pests, this project supports important economic and livelihood aspects for people in the islands."
• American Samoa coral reef Advisory Group - $ 173,200 to restore and rehabilitate coral in the Ofu-Olosega Islands in American Samoa which has been damaged by an outbreak of algae Valonia fastigiata. The Project Manager will work closely with the National Park Service.
• Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Environment and coastal quality bureau - $ 166,949 to support several projects, including 1) participation in US coral cluster meetings; 2) Laolao Das management development plan, and 3) coral nursery projects.
• Guam Bureau of Statistics and plans - $ 220,231 to support several projects, including 1) Marine Tour Operator workshops; 2) management of coral reefs; 3) outreach and education conservation rocks; 4) removal of invasive bamboo plants, Bambusa vulgaris from the Das priority area; 5) Tasi Program Guide; and 6) geotechnical investigation of rainfall-induced landslides in the Piti-Asan watershed.
• U.S. Virgin Islands Coastal management division - $ 122,791 to support the recovery of aquaculture corals and corals using operations, and 2) participation in US coral cluster meetings.
• Women's cultivation agricultural initiative, Republic of Marshall Islands - $ 134,582 to support women's coral farming initiatives in Mili and Arno Atolls to grow hard and soft corals for local use and to ensure the protection of wild coral reef resources.
• Hawai'i State Museum of natural and cultural history and the Palau International Coral Reef Center - $ 185,503 to establish biology-based regulations for the sustainable harvest of reef fish in the Republic of Palau, building research capacity in Palau to develop sustainable use of coral reef fish, and help fulfill subsistence and provoke artisanal needs of the people of Palau.
• Mariana Islands natural Alliance - $ 142,000 to support the Tasi Watch Ranger Program that was developed to build and strengthen CNMI youth and community involvement in the management of coastal marine resources and near the coast. The project includes efforts to eliminate invasive tree hands, leucocephala, and restore native species of trees and plants that were lost during Typhoon Saudelor in 2015.
Earlier this year, $ 200,000 was given to support the 2018-2020 National Coral Reef Fellowship Program management of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam.
Funds are made available through the Department of Interior's Office of Insular Affairs' coral reefs and natural resource initiatives. Applications are generally submitted from October to May 1 of each year. Funds are given after OIA receives allocations from the US Congress until they have expired.