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  • Acropora Polystoma

    Acropora polystoma

    Colonies are irregular clumps with tapered branches of similar length and shape.

  • Montipora Peltiformis

    Montipora peltiformis

    This coral has an encrusting base and will develop plates or scrolls with a textured appearance.

  • Tubastraea Coccinea

    Tubastraea coccinea

    Orange-cup coral, an invasive species, may compete with native benthic invertebrates by compromising the space in their communities.

Special Use Permits

Special Use Permits

Special Use Permits enable the public to engage in wildlife-related activities on a National Wildlife Refuge which would otherwise be prohibited.

Special Use Permits

About the Complex

Pacific Reefs

Baker Island NWR, in addition to nine other refuges, make up the Pacific Reefs Complex.

Baker Island is managed as part of the Pacific Reefs.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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What's New

  • Visiting the Refuge

    The refuge is is closed to public access. However, limited public access has been authorized in the past. Refuge access is managed through the issuance of a Special Use Permit when the activity is deemed compatible and appropriate with the purposes of refuge establishment

  • Hui Panala‘au: Hawaiian Colonists in the Pacific

    Colonizing the islands was a harrowing experience that claimed the lives of three young men: Carl Kahalewai who died of appendicitis in 1938, and Joseph Keliihananui and Richard “Dickey” Whaley who were killed during an attack on the island on December 8, 1941.

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Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015
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