A permit is required for some activities, including the collection of any resource within refuge boundaries with the exception of fish (certain rules apply; for more information regarding fishing rules and regulations visit the Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources' page here). Visitors may obtain a free permit for the collection of natural resources at the nature center or main administration building. Visitors may collect an unlimited number of brown coconuts, and a limited number of lemai (breadfruit), medicinal plants, and other resources as stipulated in the permit upon issuance.
Please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits that cover activities such as hunting, filming, wood cutting, etc.
is important to remember that while some resources may be collected, others may
not. The refuge is a safe haven for protected and endangered plant and animal species,
such as Serianthes nelsonii, Tabernaemontana rotensis, Heritiera
longipetiolata, as well as native
and endemic tree snails and butterflies, among others. Cultural sites
and artifacts are also protected under the Antiquities Act of 1906 and the
collection of artifacts is unlawful and punishable under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.
If you are unsure whether the collection of a plant or animal species is
allowed, please ask a refuge staff member.
Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered Species, Law Enforcement, and Migratory Birds.
For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms.