World’s oldest continuously monitored coral reef transect celebrates 100 years

In 1917, Alfred Mayor from the Carnegie Institute began what is now the world’s oldest continuously monitored coral reef transect in the world. The Aua transect on Tutuila island in the remote island territory of American Samoa celebrated its 100th anniversary, and scientists from throughout the region traveled to the island for a week-long celebration and to conduct the 100th year transect survey.

Kelley Anderson Tagarino, an extension agent from the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program who is based at American Samoa Community College (ASCC), partnered with colleagues from the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa and the American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group to organize the activities surrounding this important milestone. During the celebration she led outreach events in Aua village where students from ASCC taught local youth about the importance of coral reefs, and provided hands-on training in coral survey methods.

Read more about it in the UH System News,the Samoa News, and at Kaunānā.