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    Black Noddy

    When this baby grows up, it will eat small fish and aquatic invertebrates that are found close to the surface of the water.

    Black Noddy

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    Great Frigatebird

    When this bird grows up, it will have a scissor-shaped tail and elongated angular wings, allowing it to make spectacular flight maneuvers.

    Great Frigatebird

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    Masked Booby

    When this dazzling white bird grows up, it will make high velocity plunge-dives in search of fish.

    Masked Booby

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    Red-tailed Tropicbird

    When this baby grows up, it will dive with wings half-folded into the water to catch its prey.

    Red-tailed Tropicbird

Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Rose Atoll NWR

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Rose Atoll is nearly square, with the ocean-side slopes about 1.5 miles in length. It is one of the smallest atolls in the world, consisting of two low sandy islets, Rose and Sand.

Rose Atoll NWR Brief

Refuge Visitation

Refuge Closed to Visitation

Please be advised that Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is closed to public visitation, including entering or mooring boats inside of the lagoon and walking on the islands. The Refuge boundary is the low waterline on the outside of the reef edge, with a line across the entrance to the channel. Cause for this closure is to prevent inadvertent introductions of non-native pests that have in the past decimated the seabirds and other life within the Refuge. Many of these pests have been eliminated at great effort and expense and the seabirds have returned. In addition, the current velocity and waves in the entry channel are dangerous. Several yachts have wrecked over the past two decades.

Trip Reports

Rose Atoll Trip Reports

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See the latest reports from Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge through staff trip reports

Rose Atoll Trip Reports

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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What's New!

  • Google Street View Goes Underwater!

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    Catlin Seaview Survey crew used specialized equipment to capture thousands of panoramas of the coral reef that were stitched together using Google's famous Street View mapping technology. The results are three-dimensional slices of individual reefs, allowing one to virtually dive around at leisure. The virtual dive begins inside the protected lagoon of Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and moves through the channel on the ocean side of the reef crest, part of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

    Interactive Virtual Dive
  • Final CCP Available

    The Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan is available to view.

    Comprehensive Conservation Planning
  • Reefs on the Mend After Recovery Efforts

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    In October 1993, a 137-foot Taiwanese flagged long-line fishing vessel, Jin Shiang Fa ran aground on the reef of Rose Atoll. Unfortunately, it was carrying whale steaks and the crew may have intended to poach giant clams and sharks. After 1.3 million was awarded to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service resulting in a decade of debris removal and monitoring efforts the reefs are definitely on the mend. 75% of the corals have recovered and invasive algae have decreased by 25%!

    Marine Conservation Institute Report
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017
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