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    Acropora cytherea

    One of the major corals responsible for building the immense calcium carbonate substructure that supports the thin living skin of a reef.

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    Coral Gardens

    Convict Tangs Amidst a Garden of Coral Heaven

    Wildlife & Habitat

  • Acropora Nasuta

    Acropora nasuta

    Tightly packed branches and nariform (nose-shaped)corallites resemble floral clusters.

    Wildlife & Habitat

Giving Native Wildlife a Fighting Chance

Johnston Atoll NWR: A Reinstated Seabird Paradise After Successful Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication


Following a long decade of combating a menacing invader detrimental to seabird colonies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has achieved another invasive species success - the eradication of yellow crazy ants (YCA) from Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

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Forest of the Weird

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Check out this incredible footage taken from NOAA’s Oceanic Exploration and Research Vessel Okeanos. This wild and alien looking scene was found in the deep waters of Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

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Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Protecting a Monumental Area of the Pacific Ocean

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Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and six other national wildlife refuges are seemingly just dots near the equator of the Pacific Ocean, but upon a closer look these islands, reefs, and atolls are at the heart of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. These refuges host terrestrial and marine life in vast numbers and specialized life forms stretching our imagination. They provide a safe haven for millions of birds and marine life that swarm to shallow reefs and islands to rest, feed, mate, and give life to their off-spring.

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The Latest From the Refuge

News From the Refuge

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Check out the latest updates and happenings from around the Refuge


About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS