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CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA From American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE February 16, 2000


Congressman Eni Faleomavaega announced today that President Clinton's fiscal year 2001 budget contains over $1 million dollars in increases for American Samoa for the Coastal Zone Management Program, Fagatele Bay, and a new weather observatory.

The President wants to use his last year in office to continue his efforts to preserve the nation's land and water reserves with a commitment of $263 million nationwide, he said.

"This is good news for American Samoa," said Faleomavaega. "We know that if the proposal is fully funded, our local Coastal Zone Management office will get an additional $1.1 million, and our National Marine Sanctuary (Fagatele Bay) will get an additional $289,000."

Continuing, the Congressman said, "In addition, there is a new weather observatory in the budget, and American Samoa will get part of the $15 million national budget for coral reef preservation, which is an increase of $5 million above current year spending.

"There is considerable disagreement within Congress both on how much money to spend next year, and which programs should get increased funding, so undoubtedly these figures will change. But, the Administration's priorities look very good for American Samoa, and I will do all I can to keep them intact," stated Faleomavaega.

The additional $1.1 million for the CZM program would be used to improve the management of coastal watersheds to reduce sedimentation and polluted runoff, and to increase support for village level management of coastal development and local involvement in coral reef and fishery management issues.

The additional $289,000 for Fagatele Bay would be used for additional research monitoring and mapping of the reefs, to hire an educational specialist and an administrative assistant, to upgrade the current office, to complete a cultural resource inventory, and to expand the local public education program.


NEWS RELEASE February 17, 2000


Congressman Eni Faleomavaega today announced that the Micronesia and American Samoa Student Internship Program (MASSIP) is now accepting applications from American Samoa undergraduate students interested in internships in their home island this summer.

The goal of the program is to encourage undergraduate students from the U.S. affiliated Pacific islands to explore environmentally related careers through this internship opportunity. In addition to gaining hands on experience, the students will be provided round trip airfare between Hawai‘i and American Samoa and a $500 stipend. Interns are expected to live with their families during the 10-week internship period.

Faleomavaega said, "This is an excellent opportunity for Samoan students who attend school away from American Samoa and are interested in environmental work to come home at no cost and gain applied experience in the field while at the same time earn a small stipend."

Eligible students include American Samoans (U.S. Nationals) attending a four-year college or university. Freshmen through first-semester seniors of any major must be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.0. Also, students attending two-year colleges who plan to attend a four-year institution in the fall semester following the internship may apply.

The deadline for applying is March 15, 2000.

Application packets are available from Sharon Ziegler-Chong at the UH Sea Grant Extension Service at UH-Hilo. She can be reached by these different ways:

Send letter to: 200 W. Kawili St.; Hilo HI 96720 Telephone: (808) 974-7601 Fax: (808) 974-7693 Email: ziegler@hawaii.edu 

Information also will be available in the next few days on the Internet at http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/SEAGRANT/.

The MASSIP is administered by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant Extension Service in collaboration with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. It is funded in part through the UH Sea Grant from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, support from the USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Island Forestry, and the agencies which host the interns.

"As a member on the House Committee on Resources which includes Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans, as well as Energy and Mineral Resources, I am very pleased to see this program continue to provide real life learning opportunities for Samoans," Faleomavaega said.

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