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.
Read the Conservancy national magazine story about Palmyra-- the ultimate living laboratory for researchers who study sharks.
Want to learn more about sharks? Read these stories from Palmyra and the Pacific.
Unexpected things happen on a remote atoll like Palmyra. Just ask the Conservancy’s Zach Caldwell, who was called upon to save the life of a sailor lost at sea.
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.
See Palmyra through the eyes of Conservancy marine scientist Kydd Pollock.
Follow the action and see how the Palmyra Restoration Project was carried out.