Environmental Conservation


Apparent rapid fisheries escalation at a remote Caribbean island

a1 Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA, 75 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149, USA
a2 Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine, (FoProBiM), 6011 Henning Street, Bethesda, MD 20817, USA

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miller mw   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
mcclellan db   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
wiener jw   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
stoffle b   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Navassa Island is a small uninhabited island, approximately 60 km west of the south-west tip of Haiti (18°24′N, 75°00′W). Haiti laid claim to the island in 1804, however the USA claimed it under the Guano Act of 1856 and recently placed it under jurisdiction of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Remoteness from USFWS administration in Puerto Rico and disputed sovereignty by Haiti make enforcement of management impractical. Artisanal fishers from Haiti have frequented Navassa over the past several decades. Given the lack of current land-based development and limited transient land-based activity (for example salting fish and gear construction), Navassa provides a case study where fishing is largely isolated as the dominant human impact on coastal resources.

(Published Online May 29 2007)

c1 Correspondence: Dr Margaret Miller e-mail: Margaret.w.miller@noaa.gov