However, limited public access of Howland Island 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.
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The name "booby," originally coined by sailors, referred derogatorily to these birds' lack of fear around humans. Its feeding tactics are memorable: these dazzling white birds make high velocity plunge-dives in search of fish.