Dr. Michael Martinez-Colon was part of a research study with scientists from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science, National Ocean Science, and the Office of National Martine Sanctuaries. The technical memorandum titled Assessment of Contamination in Fagatale Bay (National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa) was spearheaded by the NOAA's Monitoring and Assessment Branch (Stressor Detection and Impacts Division). The main goal was to determine the presence and concentration of pollutants and to establish baselines which can be used in coastal management activities especially related to  nearby coral reefs.

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