Palmyra Atoll Main Index
Palmyra Atoll Introduction - 2004
SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
The Kingdom of Hawaii claimed the atoll in 1862, and the US included it among the Hawaiian Islands when it annexed the archipelago in 1898. The Hawaii Statehood Act of 1959 did not include Palmyra Atoll, which is now privately owned by the Nature Conservancy. This organization is managing the atoll as a nature preserve. The lagoons and surrounding waters within the 12 nautical mile US territorial seas were transferred to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and were designated a National Wildlife Refuge in January 2001.
NOTE: The information regarding Palmyra Atoll on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Palmyra Atoll Introduction 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Palmyra Atoll Introduction 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.