• Acropora Paniculata

    Acropora paniculata

    Colonies are large plates or tables which are up to 25 mm thick and finely structured. Corallites are long, thin and tubular.

  • Urchin and clam

    Sea Urchin and Giant Clam

    Sea urchin, the small, spiny, globular animal and the the giant clam nestled among the coral.

  • Distichopora Violacea

    Distichopora violacea

    Lace corals form ornate tree-like structures, with all the flattened, blunt-ended branches growing in one plane.

  • Favia Rotundata

    Favia rotundata

    Colonies are dome-shaped or flat with thick walled and circular corallites and the polyps are fleshy and circular in outline.

What's New

Hot off the Camera!

Shark.Small Image for Promo

Check out the latest introductory film produced by NOAA showing never before seen footage of the Marine National Monuments of the Pacific. Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument that was expanded September 2014 by President Obama. The film highlights the cultural significance and natural life that encompasses the largest marine conservation area in the world.

The Deepest Waters

Shipwreck Removal Project

The removal of the shipwrecks and coral reef recovery work is one of the largest coral reef recovery projects in the Pacific Ocean.

Reef Restoration Wreck Removal Project
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Marine Monuments Program

Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service in the Marine Monuments Program of the Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office (PIRAMO). For more information contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge, Box 50167, Honolulu, HI 96850 808-792-9540.

Marine Monuments and Wildlife Refuges of the Central Pacific Ocean

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