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.
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Research teams studied everything from Palmyra's deep waters to coral reef resilience and the atoll's potential as habitat for an endangered songbird.
The Conservancy’s Palmyra Atoll has become the ultimate living laboratory for researchers who spend their days working in some of the healthiest—and most dangerous—shark habitat in the world.
The removal of three shipwrecks from the waters surrounding Palmyra Atoll marks the first step in returning damaged coral reefs to health.
See how three shipwrecks were removed from Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef without harming the marine ecosystem.
Palmyra’s main visitors have always been seabirds—some of the largest and most colorful gatherings anywhere in the world. Here are 12 of its most common visitors.
Follow the action and see how the Palmyra Restoration Project was carried out.