Midway Seabird Protection Plan

Project Details

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has finalized a plan to remove invasive mice from Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. This removal is necessary to protect the largest colony of albatross in the world as well as 29 other species of birds that rely on Midway Atoll.

Projects like this are pursued only when there is a serious problem where the long-term benefits outweigh all potential short-term risks, and they are always pursued in partnerships.

This decision has been made following input from the public and in consultation and coordination with key government agencies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will work with our partners to continually evaluate all aspects of the project as it progresses to ensure that the expectations outlined in the project plan are being met.

On more than 500 other islands worldwide, similar invasive rodent removal campaigns successfully resulted in long-term benefits to native species and outweighed the limited, short-lived negative impacts from an eradication operation.

For more information on the need for the proposed action, and our legislative and regulatory obligations to Midway Atoll, see Chapter 1 of the Final Environmental Assessment.

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Regulatory Requirements 

This plan to protect seabirds from the predatory, invasive species constitutes a Federal action, which makes it subject to review under the National Environmental Protection Act and other applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders.

Prior to taking action, the Service is required to integrate and consider the potential environmental effects its actions may have on the human and natural environment. It accomplishes this by engaging stakeholders, evaluating alternatives, and evaluating the environmental consequences of proposals, ensuring that environmental values are given appropriate consideration in agency decision-making.

This environmental assessment was prepared in consultation with other agencies, private organizations, and the public. After circulating the report for public and agency comment, the Service has determined that the proposed project would not have a significant adverse effect on the quality of the environment and has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

Finding of No Significant Impact
National Environmental Policy Act Final Environmental Assessment


 The action requires the following Federal permits and agency consultations, which are available for review: