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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.

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About the Complex

Pacific Reefs

The complex includes Baker Island, Howland Island, and Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, Johnston Atoll, Palmyra Atoll, Rose Atoll, Mariana Arc of Fire, and Wake Atoll.

Mariana Trench 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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Learn About the Marianas Trench MNM

  • Voyage to the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument

    APASEEM ( produced this video through a Department of the Interior Technical Assistance grant. This video covers the scope and beauty of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument as well as the unique scientific discoveries in the area.

    First Voyage to the Mariana Trench MNM
  • Mariana Trench Marine National Monument

    In January 2009, the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation. Located in the Mariana Archipelago east of the Philippines, the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument protects approximately 95,216 square miles of submerged lands and waters.

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  • James Cameron's Diving Expedition

    Join James Cameron and the National Geographic Society on the ride of your life to the bottom of the Mariana Trench! A 3D documentary chronicling filmmaker James Cameron's diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submarine.

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Page Photo Credits — Submarine Ring of Fire 2006 Exploration, NOAA Vents Program
Last Updated: May 15, 2015
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