Navassa is a small, uninhabited, and isolated oceanic island located in the Windward Passage approximately 55 km west of the southwestern tip of Haiti. The Island is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge includes a 12 mile radius of marine habitat. Because of its remote location and uninhabited status, Navassa’s surrounding marine ecosystem is relatively healthy. Although there are no permanent residents, transient Haitian subsistence fishers regularly visit the island.
Navassa is a small isolated island (about 3.5 km2) which arises abruptly from fairly deep water about 55km west of the Tiburon Peninsula of Haiti.
Satellite image of Navassa Island, an uninhabited U.S. possession in the Caribbean Sea located between Haiti and Jamaica. A shallow reef is present at the northwestern tip of the island. Most bottom depths adjacent to shore begin at 20 meters.
Reef and Fisheries Assessment of Navassa Island National Wildlife Refuge (2002-2009)
Sponges of Navassa: A photographic key
A preliminary study of the marine biota at Navassa island, Caribbean Sea
Status of reef resources of Navassa Island: cruise report Nov. 2002
Characterization of Navassa National Wildlife Refuge: A preliminary report for NF-06- 05 (NOAA ship Nancy Foster, April 18-30, 2006). NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS #38
Navassa Island Expedition 2009
Observations on Fisheries Activities at Navassa Island
Oral history and contemporary assessment of Navassa Island fishermen.
Report on the Status of Marine Protected Areas in Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States. Volume 1: Marine Protected Areas Managed by U.S. States,Territories, and Commonwealths. NOAA Technical Memorandum CRCP 2 February 2007
State of the Reefs Reports (SOTR)
The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2008.
The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely
Associated States: 2005.
State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely
Associated States: 2002.
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ReefBase Coral Bleaching Reports
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Coral Reef Watch Satellite Monitoring
The Global Temperature-Salinity Profile Program
Flora of Navassa Island
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS)
USGS Water Resources Links for: 21030002 - Navassa
Fractal Analysis of the Navassa Island Seascape
Navassa Island Maps - Perry-Castañeda Library
Education and Outreach
Navassa National Wildlife Refuge Fact Sheet
Navassa Island - World Fact Book
U.S. Department of the Interior / Office of Insular Affairs
- Navassa Island
- Order to delegate the Secretary of the Interior's responsibilities for the administration
of Navassa Island to the Director of the Office of Insular Affairs and
to establish the process for entry onto Navassa.
Order No. 3205
CoRIS Essay on Navassa
Guano Act 1856
Marine Protected Areas/Marine Managed Areas
Marine Protected Areas of the United States Home Page
The Marine Protected Areas Inventory
Federal MPA Legislation
Marine Federal Areas Fact Sheet
Executive order 13158: Marine Protected Areas
Navassa National Wildlife Refuge