Navassa National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Refuge Facts

  • Established: 1999.
  • Acres: The island covers 1,147 acres. The refuge includes a 12 nautical mile radius of marine habitat around the island. Total refuge areais 364,950 acres.
  • Location: Navassa Island is located 35 miles west of the Tiburon Peninsula of Haiti.
  • Administered under Caribbean Islands NWR complex.

Refuge Objectives

  • To preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems and the marine environment.
  • To restore and enhance native wildlife and plants.
  • To provide opportunities for scientific research.

Management Tools

  • Wildlife surveys.
  • Scientific research.
  • Coral reef monitoring.
  • Vegetation monitoring.

Public Use

  • Closed to the public.


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

Navassa Fact Sheet

The Navassa National Wildlife Refuges fact sheet is available in a .PDF

Last updated: May 1, 2013
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