Mona Passage


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Mona Passage

(mō`nä, –nə), strait, c.80 mi (130 km) wide, between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Connecting the N Atlantic Ocean with the Caribbean Sea, it is a favored shipping lane, but its waters are treacherous for small craft. At the southern end, midway in the strait, is Mona Island, c.20 sq mi (50 sq km), part of Puerto Rico. It was visited by Columbus in 1493, and in 1508 Ponce de León stopped there. In 1511 the island was ceded to Columbus's younger brother Bartolomé, but it soon became a haven for pirates. Uninhabited, it is a nature reserve, with cliff walls as high as 200 ft (60 m) and caves. A lighthouse is on the north side.

Mona Passage

a strait between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, linking the Atlantic with the Caribbean
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Paratypes: UPRM 3793, 162 mm SL, & UPRM 3794, 159 mm SL; Mona Passage, 18[degrees]24' N, 67[degrees]40' W; 188 fathoms (344 meters); 12 August 2005.
That is why we have a constant presence in the Mona Passage, knowing that people are making these dangerous trips in unseaworthy vessels.
They left the group in a boat by pier in the southeastern resort town of La Romana, leaving them to brave the perilous eastern voyage across the Mona Passage alone.
Hundreds of refugees have perished on the 100 mile journey across the Mona Passage, where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic, to a better life in Puerto Rico.
The aerostat-borne surveillance system--operating in the US since 1978 and in Puerto Rico since the late 1980s--provides radar detection and monitoring of low-altitude aircraft and surface vessels along the US-Mexico border, the Florida Straits, and the Caribbean Sea and Mona Passage.
When Jimmy Buffett took their first long boat trip, they ran into some very rough weather while crossing the Mona Passage between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.
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They've discovered that the Virgin Islands corridor provides a practical alternative to the heavily guarded Florida Straits or the rough Mona Passage between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, which last year became a popular route.
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The trip aboard low-slung "yolas" is hazardous and many have died in the 80-mile-wide Mona Passage.
This information-sharing effort between US-VISIT and the Coast Guard uses mobile biometric technology -- fingerprints and photographs -- to identify illegal migrants who are apprehended while attempting to enter the United States through the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and now, the Florida Straits.
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