Navassa Island


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Navassa Island

(nəvă`sə), Fr. Navasse, coral and limestone islet, c.1 sq mi (2.6 sq km), in the Caribbean Sea between Haiti and Jamaica. Located c.100 mi (160 km) S of the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the uninhabited island is an unincorporated American territory. Claimed by the United States in 1857, Navassa was the site of a guano-mining operation (1865–98) and a coast guard lighthouse (1917–96). An area of great biodiversity, the island is now a wildlife refuge.
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Meanwhile, an unsolicited letter from a Navassa Island worker, saying that the company was holding him as a slave, somehow got past the company's censors and made it to Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the USA.
Harrison soon lost the presidency; the nation's mind was taken up by the events of the Spanish-American War; and Navassa Island became the home of an illiterate non-English-speaking Eastern European workforce.
Quantification of catch or effort has not been undertaken for the Navassa Island fisheries, though 0-4 small boats per day were observed employing trap and handline fishing during the 2000 expedition (Miller and Gerstner, 2002).
For Navassa Island, such qualitative observations are all that are available, and the following observations are offered as indicative of such a pattern.
One crew indicated that there were 10 boats from a single Haitian village that fish Navassa Island in groups of tour boats at a time (consistent with our direct observation).
The bamboo is most likely transported to Navassa Island and traps are constructed on site as the finished traps were larger than the beam of the boats (Fig.
The opportunity to assess fish populations at Navassa Island was important for several reasons, including its status as one of the last unexploited islands in the Greater Antilles.
Navassa Island is a flat-topped prominence (maximum elevation 77 m) of about 5.
Camera drops were located in approximate triangulation around Navassa Island to provide a measure of coverage.
The start point for longline sets was established by dividing the perimeter of Navassa Island into 5 relatively uniform (by size) sampling zones then selecting a random point within each zone.