Welcome to Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge
Located 1,305 nautical miles south of Honolulu, Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1974 by the Secretary of the Interior. It was expanded in 2009 and includes submerged lands out to 12 nautical miles from the island. The refuge includes 429,853 acres, of which 1,273 acres are terrestrial and 428,580 acres are submerged.
On January 6, 2009, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument was established, which includes Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge within its boundaries. For more information, please visit the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument website.
Linkia sea star - Photo credit James Maragos/USFWS
Shallow fringing reefs surround the island, but a broad submerged reef terrace extends off the eastern shoreline, dominated by moosehorn and rose corals. Live coral covers about 50 percent of the reef terrace, and about 62 species of corals, including 59 stony species, have been reported at Jarvis through 2006. Table and staghorn corals are rare but increasing.
The island is uninhabited, and entry is by permit only. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel visit Jarvis about every 2 to 3 years, though occasionally scientists and researchers team up to share high transportation costs to the island. Jarvis is accessible only by ship.
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