Journal of Undergraduate Research


remote video systems, MPA, Samoa


Life Sciences




Coral reefs represent an invaluable natural, providing $30 billion dollars of fishing and recreational profits worldwide, and housing nearly a quarter of the oceans species [1, 2]. However, threats such as climate change, ocean acidification, coastal development and overharvesting have destroyed more than a fifth of the worlds coral reefs in recent decades[3]. One of the most common management plans that has been implemented to help protect and restore coral reefs is the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs)[4]. MPAs have been proven to be effective in helping restore fish populations and coral cover, however the majority of MPAs are large, covering multiple square kilometers[5]. In Saipipi, a small village in Samoa, the people have reserved a small MPA of approximately 300 square meters. My project sought to study the impact of this extremely small-scale MPA, and determine if it was effective in conserving and restoring reef fish populations on the reef in Saipipi.

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