SIZE : 13,500 total acres
(9,500 land acres and 4,000 marine acres—mostly coral reefs).
STAFFING : 25 employees (permanent, term, and seasonal), 37 American Conservation Experience (ACE), 1 volunteer, and 24 firefighters.
VISITATION: About 5,000 annually.
Did You Know?
In Samoan folklore, sea turtles were believed to have the power to save fishermen lost at sea by bringing them safely to shore. The Samoan word for sea turtle, “I'a sa,” translates literally to “sacred fish,” presumably because of this ability. Sadly, sea turtles here are now endangered.