Welcome to Howland Island National Wildlife Refuge
Howland Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1974 by the Secretary of the Interior and expanded in 2009 to include submerged lands out to 12 nautical miles from the island. The Refuge includes 410,999 acres, of which 648 acres are terrestrial and 410,351 acres are submerged. A shallow fringing coral reef surrounds the island, but most of the submerged area is deep coral and other unexplored habitats.
On January 6, 2009, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument was established, which includes Howland Island National Wildlife Refuge within its boundaries. For more information, please visit the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument website.
|Emperor angelfish and hump coral - Photo credit James Maragos/USFWS
The island is uninhabited, and entry is by permit only. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel visit Howland about every 2 years, though occasionally scientists and researchers team up to share transportation costs to the island more frequently. Located 1,815 nautical miles southwest of Honolulu, it is only accessible by an 8-day ship voyage.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service prepared a Compatibility Determination to examine a use for Photography, Videography, Filming, or Audio Recording (commercial, news, and educational). We invite the public to comment on this document. To ensure consideration, we must receive your comments by midnight 28 May 2013, Hawai’i Standard Time. Please send your written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: 808-792-9586.
Request for Comments: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Compatibility Determinations for National Wildlife Refuges in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Introduction
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Compatibility Determination for Commercial Photography (Photography, video, filming, or audio recording – commercial).
Susan White, Project Leader
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Pacific Reefs NWRC
300 Ala Moana Boulevard
Room 5-231, Box 50167
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96850
(808) 792-9586 fax