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Voyage to Kure: The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

<< Expedition Diaries | About the Islands

NWHI By the Numbers

19
Species of seabirds that nest in the NWHI

70
Percentage of all U.S. coral reefs that are within the NWHI

98
Percentage of the world’s Laysan albatrosses that return to the NWHI to reproduce

99
Percentage of the world’s black-footed albatrosses that return to the NWHI to reproduce

1000
Estimated year that the NWHI’s first human inhabitants arrived (native Hawaiians, on Nihoa Island)

1909
Year President Theodore Roosevelt established the NWHI National Wildlife Refuge by Executive Order

1,380
Miles from Honolulu to the farthest point in the NWHI

1,750
Species that are endemic to the NWHI, i.e., found nowhere else on Earth

2000
Year President Bill Clinton established the NWHI Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve by Executive Order

7,000
Species of animals found in the NWHI

14,000,000
Number of birds that nest in the NWHI

LAND AREA (ACRES)

1 Midway Atoll 1,535
2 Laysan Island 1,015
3 Lisianski Island 381
4 Kure Atoll 215
5 Nihoa 171
6 Pearl and Hermes Atoll 80
7 French Frigate Shoals 67
8 Mokumanamana Island 46
9 Gardner Pinnacles 5
10 Maro Reef N/A

CORAL REEF AREA (SQUARE MILES)

1 Gardner Pinnacles 944
2 Maro Reef 747
3 Mokumanamana Island 602
4 Lisianski Island 378
5 French Frigate Shoals 363
6 Pearl and Hermes Atoll 303
7 Nihoa 222
8 Laysan Island 163
9 Midway Atoll 134
10 Kure Atoll 125

Sources:

"Coconut Pollen Found on Laysan," The Honolulu Advertiser

Coral Reef Ecosystems of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (pdf)

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Huapala.org: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Navigating Change

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Multi-Agency Education Project