PALMYRA ATOLL RECEIVES GOVERNMENT FUNDING TO BECOME WILDLIFE PRESERVE

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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (January 7, 1999 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---Privately-owned Palmyra Atoll, located about a thousand miles south of Honolulu, will be acquired by the U.S. government and turned into a national wildlife preserve.

The purchase and preservation of the atoll is being made possible by a government appropriation of US$ 8 million, to which private conservation funds will be added.

Palmyra is made up of 52 islets and is home to large numbers of rare tropical fish, giant clams and threatened turtles. It also is a breeding ground for migratory sea birds.

The atoll currently is owned by the Fullard-Leo family of Kailua, Hawai‘i.

In recent years, entrepreneurs have suggested turning the atoll into a resort, gambling mecca and nuclear waste dumping site --all of which were rejected by the private owners.

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