Farallon de Pajaros (Uracas) is an active volcano, with a land area of 2.1 square km. A major eruption and lava flow in 1943 affected coastal habitats. Very steep, sloping, boulder habitats surround Farallon de Pajaros, but provide little suitable habitat for corals. The reef is most developed on the southwest (leeward) side. Farallon de Pajaros was found to have the highest density of large predatory fish in the northern islands based on the MARAMP surveys. Farallon de Pajaros is protected from development by the CNMI Constitution and has been declared a wildlife conservation area. Although Farallon de Pajaros translates to "the Island of Birds," only those Terns and Noddies that can nest on bare lava have established colonies. Seabird colonies were last surveyed in 1992. TOAD data were not collected in the immediate vicinity of Farallon de Pajaros, but on a pinnacle rising from a submerged limb of the island approximately 19 km (10 nautical miles) to the southeast.
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