Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


An examination of the socio-economic development of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Micronesia). A section devoted to early development deals with the long history of foreign administrators who have controlled the islands. The paper deals with interaction between the Micronesians and their administrators and will focus upon relations with the current administrator, the United States, which operates in the islands under a mandate from the United Nations. At the time of the writing of this paper the Micronesians were holding a plebiscite to determine their future political direction. Consideration is given to economic trends within the islands, the development of industry such as tourism, and budgeting and taxation. Recommendations for the conservation and development of marine resources are discussed.