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    Brown Booby

    The brown booby makes dramatic sky dives to catch parrot fish, mullet and flatfish foraging 30 to 50 feet below the ocean surface.

    Brown Booby

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    Masked Booby

    While rarely sighted in North America an average of 30 pairs a year nest on Palmyra Atoll.

    Masked Booby

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    Red-footed Booby

    This booby's next meal is completely dependent upon the existence of schools of tuna that push prey fish near the surface of the ocean.

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Protecting Islands and our Pacific Ocean

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Palmyra 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 epicenter of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. These refuges host terrestrial and marine life in numbers and unique and specialized life forms beyond our imagination and they provide a safe haven for millions of birds and marine life that swarm to shallow areas and islands to rest, to feed, to mate, and to give life to their off-spring.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Marine Monuments Program

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Palmyra Atoll 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/Palmyra Atoll 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.

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  • Stranded on Palmyra in 1920s

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    Colnel Meng, his wife and son set out to Palmyra with four months worth of provisions. His intention was to test the feasibility of a copra enterprise. After the ship they were counting on changed course, they were stranded on the island until a passing ocean liner made contact.

    Colnel Meng's Copra Enterprise c.1922
  • News From the Refuge

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    Check out the latest updates and happenings from around the Refuge

  • The Marvelous Musical Report!

    Starring a business man, giant clams, a young child, hydro-thermal vents, seabirds by the millions, sharks by the tens, ridiculously colored fish and coral, coconut crabs that climb trees and last but not least a baby! A not-to-be missed musical environmental and cultural assessment featuring the Papahānaumokuākea, the Rose Atoll, the Pacific Remote Islands and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monuments.

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  • Reef Restoration Wreck 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.

    Removal of shipwrecks
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2017
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