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    Brown Booby

    The brown booby makes dramatic sky dives to catch parrot fish, mullet and flatfish foraging 30 to 50 feet below the ocean surface.

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    Masked Booby

    While rarely sighted in North America an average of 30 pairs a year nest on Palmyra Atoll.

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    Red-footed Booby

    This booby's next meal is completely dependent upon the existence of schools of tuna that push prey fish near the surface of the ocean.

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

The World's Largest Marine Protected Area

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Palmyra Atoll 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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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is administered out of the USFWS Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office in Honolulu, Hawai'i. For more information call: 808-792-9540.

Map of the Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuges and Marine National Monuments

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

  • Hot off the Camera!

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    Check out the latest introductory film produced by NOAA showing never before seen footage of the Marine National Monuments of the Pacific. Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument that was expanded September 2014 by President Obama. The film highlights the cultural significance and natural life that encompasses the largest marine conservation area in the world.

    The Deepest Waters
  • The Marvelous Musical Report!

    Starring a business man, giant clams, a young child, hydro-thermal vents, seabirds by the millions, sharks by the tens, ridiculously colored fish and coral, coconut crabs that climb trees and last but not least a baby! A not-to-be missed musical environmental and cultural assessment featuring the Papahānaumokuākea, the Rose Atoll, the Pacific Remote Islands and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monuments.

    Check it Out!
  • Reef Restoration Wreck Removal Project

    The removal of the shipwrecks and coral reef recovery work is one of the largest coral reef recovery projects in the Pacific Ocean.

    Removal of shipwrecks
  • Rats Eradicated from the Refuge

    Scientists conducted surveys during the summer of 2012 and confirmed that the entire atoll is currently rat-free.

    Protect Palmyra
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2015
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