Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Refuge Facts

  • Established: 1976.
  • Acres: 360.
  • Location: the island is located 14 miles from the west coast of Puerto Rico.
  • Administered under Caribbean Islands NWR complex.

Refuge Objectives

  • To restore and protect historic seabird colonies and natural island ecosystems.

Management Tools

  • Law enforcement.
  • Feral animal control.
  • Bird and plant surveys.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are the only agency of the U.S. Government with that primary mission.

The Service helps protect a healthy environment for people, fish and wildlife, and helps Americans conserve and enjoy the outdoors and our living treasures. The Service's major responsibilities are for migratory birds, endangered species, certain marine mammals, and freshwater and anadromous fish.


Fact Sheet

Desecheo Fact Sheet

Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge Fact Sheet

Last updated: February 27, 2013
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