Para la Naturaleza hosts the presentations of students selected for the 9th Annual Governor Tauese P.F. Sunia Memorial Coral Reef Conservation Summer Internship at Casa Ramon Power Gilart, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Dr. Yogani Govender, the Manager of Science, Education and Public Policy Division, describes that this internship was created by the US Coral Reef Task Force in recognition of the late Governor’s outstanding leadership and contribution to the conservation of U.S. coral reef ecosystems.
The late Governor Sunia is most remembered for being an eloquent and passioned advocate for coral reef protection and management at the local level, not only in American Samoa were he served as governor from 1997 until his death in 2003, but throughout the U.S. and the Pacific region.
This summer internship continues the Governor’s legacy by providing an outstanding college or university student a unique opportunity to gain valuable, professionally formative experience in coral reef conservation policy and management, while also contributing to the overall efforts of the hosting agency US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF).