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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Mona is located in the middle of a fast-flowing, deep, and treacherous 120 kilometer wide marine conduit, the Mona Passage, through which the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, and which encompasses a number of additional small islands including its tiny sibling Monito, and the islands of Saona, Catalinita, and Desecheo (Figure 1).
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."
The island of Desecheo is one example; it is located in the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and Hispaniola (an island divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
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.
Chapter 1, "Across the Mona Passage," describes four kinds of undocumented maritime migration to Puerto Rico: organized smuggling, travelling with a selfemployed boat captain (usually a fisherman), viajes de familia organized by migrants themselves, and, the more expensive option, smuggling in pleasure craft.
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. The TARS will augment fixed radar systems that support the Caribbean Air and Marine Operations Center (CAMOC), a component of CBP's Office of Air and Marine Operations, that provides detection, monitoring, sorting, tracking and coordination of law enforcement response to suspect airborne and maritime activity at, beyond and internal to our nation's borders
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.
The trip aboard low-slung "yolas" is hazardous and many have died in the 80-mile-wide Mona Passage.
The trip, which takes 11 hours by legitimate ferry, may last up to four days as the captain zigzags across the Mona Passage to elude Dominican and U.S.
Business for Caribbean container terminals has been growing steadily since 1990, and reached a record 10 million container moves last year, said Byron Lewis, vice president of the Port Authority of Jamaica; As Puerto Rico plans its "superport," investors across the Mona Passage in the neighboring Dominican Republic are hoping to complete the construction by 2002 of a US$150-million container terminal capable of handling 500,000 moves per year.