An Act To authorize the Secretaries of Interior and the Smithsonian Institution to expend certain sums, in cooperation with the territory of Guam, the territory of American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, other United States territories in the Pacific Ocean, and the State of Hawaii, for the conservation of their protective and productive coral reefs

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The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution are authorized to cooperate with and provide assistance to the governments of the State of Hawaii, the territories and possessions of the United States, including Guam and American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and other island possessions of the United States, in the study and control of the seastar "Crown of Thorns" (Acanthaster planci). The cooperation is for the purpose of conserving and protecting coral reef resources of the tropical islands of interest and concern to the United States in the Pacific and safeguarding critical island areas from possible erosion and to safeguard future recreational and esthetic uses of Pacific coral reefs. The sum of $4,500,000 is authorized to be appropriated for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.


  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 84 Stat. 884
  • Title 16, Conservation
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

84 Stat. 884 (1970); Pub. L. No. 91-427 (Book)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1971
  • 09/26/1970


  • Crown-of-thorns starfish
  • Coral reefs and islands
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Ecology
  • Starfishes
  • American Samoa
  • Conservation


  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • American Samoa


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 1; Page Numbers: 884

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