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Okeanos 2017

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See highlight photos and videos from 2017 Okeanos expedition in American Samoa, courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

2017 Okeanos Explorer Expedition

Hope Spots

“Health to the ocean means health for us,” oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle has said. The ocean covers almost three-quarters of Earth’s surface and contains about 97 percent of the planet’s water. The ocean is home to an almost otherworldly array of rainbow-colored fish, exotic plants, large-winged seabirds, powerful marine mammals, living corals and vital microorganisms. We are just beginning to understand how those ocean creatures are interconnected with one another and with us. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, state and territorial governments and others to conserve the ocean and remote islands and atolls in it. The two federal agencies cooperatively manage four marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean and one in the Atlantic. Earle has called the marine national monuments “hope spots” for ocean health.

Hope Spots

It's Just Water

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Highlights of our amazing Pacific Marine National Monuments

Pacific Marine National Monuments

The Marvelous Monumental Assessment!


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

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Rose Atoll Marine National Monument

Rose Atoll MNM

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Approximately 10,156 square nautical miles of marine ecosystem at Rose Atoll were protected under the Antiquities Act of 1906 on January 6, 2009. Established as Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, it is one of four Marine National Monuments spanning across the Pacific that protects diverse marine ecosystems and the millions of wildlife dependent upon the Central Pacific. In coordination of management between the American Samoan Government, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the Monument area also encompasses protections afforded by the Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and the Muliava Unit of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

Rose Atoll NWR Brief

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

Google Street View

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

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