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  • AcroporaCytherea1

    Acropora cytherea

    One of the major corals responsible for building the immense calcium carbonate substructure that supports the thin living skin of a reef.

  • Acropora Nasuta

    Acropora nasuta

    Tightly packed branches and nariform (nose-shaped)corallites resemble floral clusters.

  • Acanthurus Triostegus and coral

    Coral Gardens

    Convict tangs and coral gardens.

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

Johnston Atoll NWR, in addition to nine other refuges, make up the Pacific Reefs Complex.

Johnston Atoll 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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Visiting the Refuge

Johnston Atoll NWR is closed to the public. All access is controlled by the U.S. Air Force.

Page Photo Credits — DL Hayes/USFWS, James Maragos
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015
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