Located approximately 2,138 nautical miles west of Honolulu, Hawaii, Wake Atoll is the northernmost atoll in the Marshall Islands geological ridge and perhaps the oldest and northernmost living atoll in the world. The refuge includes 495,515 acres of submerged lands and waters surrounding Wake Atoll out to 12 nautical miles from the mean low water line of the islands.
The atoll and surrounding waters out to 50 nautical miles from shore are part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, established by Presidential Proclamation 8336 on January 6, 2009. For more information, please visit the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument website.
|Aerial of Wake Atoll - Credit USFWS
Despite its small land and reef areas, the atoll provides important seabird and migratory shorebird habitat, as well as vibrant coral reefs that support large populations of fishes. The atoll was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985 in recognition of its role in World War II.
Susan White, Project Leader
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Pacific Reefs NWRC
300 Ala Moana Boulevard
Room 5-231, Box 50167
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96850
(808) 792-9586 fax