One of the major corals responsible for building the immense calcium carbonate substructure that supports the thin living skin of a reef.
Tightly packed branches and nariform (nose-shaped)corallites resemble floral clusters.
Convict tangs and coral gardens.
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About the Complex
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
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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- July 23, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will host a Town Hall meeting on the possible expansion of the protections of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The Town Hall discussion will be held on August 11 at the Ala Moana Hotel, Carnation Room, 410 Atkinson Drive Honolulu, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. If you are unable to attend the Town Hall meeting and would like to comment, please send your comments to PRI@noaa.gov no later than August 15.
The Refuge is a part of the Pacific Remote Islands Monument, which was established in 2009 by President George W. Bush and encompasses 86,888 square miles of the ocean within its boundaries, which extend 50 nautical miles from the shores of small, uninhabited U.S. territories: Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Islands; Johnston, Wake, and Palmyra Atolls; and Kingman Reef. On June 17, 2014, President Obama announced his intention to consider expanding the protections of the Pacific Remote Islands Monument.
Johnston Atoll NWR is closed to the public. All access is controlled by the U.S. Air Force.
Acropora / Stony Coral
Acropora is most common in shallow reef environments with bright light and moderate to high water motion. Many small reef fishes live near their colonies and retreat into the thicket of branches if threatened.
Page Photo Credits DL Hayes/USFWS, James Maragos
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015