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Pago Pago

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For the CATALYST 2 expedition, the Waitt Institute based operations out of the port of Pago Pago in American Samoa. The deep, naturally sheltered harbor of Pago Pago was the closest port to the search site that offered the amenities and facilities that were needed to start our journey. While preparing for the expedition, the CATALYST team enjoyed a traditional Umu feast put on by the Pago Pago Yacht Club. The Umu usually consists of local foods like breadfruit and kalua-style pork cooked in an earthen oven. The CAT 2 team had a great time and it was a much-appreciated homemade meal before we set out to sea.