Located a 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i, Palmyra Atoll is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth. The Nature Conservancy bought Palmyra in 2000 from the Fullard-Leo family, who had previously turned down offers to have the atoll used as a nuclear waste site and a casino.
Today, Palmyra is a national marine monument and the Conservancy and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are partnering to protect it. Through the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium, it is also being developed as a center for scientific study. What we can learn at Palmyra—about global climate change, coral reefs, marine restoration and invasive species—promises to inform conservation strategies for island ecosystems throughout the Pacific and around the world.
Latest News & Features
Dr. Alex Wegmann, a 15-year veteran of managing and advising conservation projects in the Pacific, has been named the Conservancy’s new Palmyra Program Director.
Scientists Bob Pittman and Lisa Ballance search for a rare beaked whale at Palmyra Atoll.
Four years after all rats were eradicated at Palmyra, atoll wildlife is rebounding.
Palmyra's new solar and wind energy systems will dramatically reduce the atoll's carbon footprint. See how it was installed.
Photographer Andrew Wright focuses his lens on Palmyra’s fantastic terrestrial and marine wildlife.
See how three shipwrecks were removed from Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef without harming the marine ecosystem.
Find out why this remote Pacific Atoll is so important to conservation and science.
Watch a time-lapse video of the construction of Palmyra's prototype, bird-friendly wind turbine.