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.
Navassa Island's oceanic position in the Windward Passage (Fig.
Despite its status as a National Wildlife Refuge, fisheries at Navassa Island are effectively unmanaged as regulations are not well publicized and enforcement is non-existent due to Navassa's remote location, surrounded by international jurisdictions.
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).
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 5.2 [km.sup.2] in size.
Camera drops were located in approximate triangulation around Navassa Island to provide a measure of coverage.
Since the length of the longline (1 n.mi.) was almost equal to the length of Navassa Island, longline sets were relatively close together.
Since 1900 there have been few scientific expeditions to Navassa Island (conducted principally to assess terrestrial fauna: Ekman, 1929; Clench, 1930; Burns et al., 1959), and there are no published records from those expeditions describing marine fauna beyond the splash zone.