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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.

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

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

Jarvis 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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