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  • Caesio Fusilier

    Caesio fusilier

    A fast moving fish needing much swimming space and very good water movement.

  • Yellow Hawkfish rotator

    Yellow Hawkfish

    Because of their large, skinless pectoral fins, hawkfishes are able to perch upon fire corals without incurring harm.

  • Streaking Jack

    Streaking Jack

    Many fish of this species are characterized by laterally compressed bodies, a row of enlarged scales along the side near the tailfin.

  • Surgeon Fish

    Surgeon Fish

    These fish have blade-like spines on either side of the base of the tail, which are sometimes used defensively by the fish.

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

The World's Largest Marine Protected Area

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Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge and six other national wildlife refuges are seemingly just dots near the equator of the Pacific Ocean, but upon a closer look these islands, reefs, and atolls are at the epicenter of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the largest marine conservation area in the world. These refuges host terrestrial and marine life in numbers and unique and specialized life forms beyond our imagination and they provide a safe haven for millions of birds and marine life that swarm to shallow areas and islands to rest, to feed, to mate, and to give life to their off-spring.

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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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Protecting the Pacific's Cultural and Natural Heritage

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: May 15, 2015
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