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Evidence exists of a recent fire (at least 2 months ago) on Northwest side of island, the damage extends up onto the ridgeline and possibly over. It is unknown whether the fire was intentionally set by Haitians clearing land for farming or started by an unknown cause such as lightning (Fig 6). Fire damage was observed from the vessel at several places around the island, usually concentrated in valleys where strong winds likely directed the blaze. It is unknown whether the fire spread across the majority of the islands interior area, but seems likely due to the widespread nature of the locations where fire swept down over the ridge towards the island perimeter.

Figure 6: Evidence of fire damage on the Northwestern side of Navassa Island. Island Visitors Â

Haitian fishermen Haitians have been making the 50 km voyage from Haiti to Navassa Island for generations and are continuous visitors to the island. It is estimated that 300 to 400 Haitian artisanal fishers frequent Navassa Island when not fishing close to the mainland of Haiti (FoProBiM 2009). If Haitian fishers are approached and asked if they travel to Navassa, not all will answer truthfully, for suspicion of why they are being asked. The exploitation of Navassa’s marine resources is considered an extremely important source of income for the fishermen of the Southwestern tip of Haiti.

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Global Reef Expedition Final Report: Navassa  

In March 2012, the Global Reef Expedition set out to survey the health and resiliency of coral reefs surrounding Navassa Island, a small uni...

Global Reef Expedition Final Report: Navassa  

In March 2012, the Global Reef Expedition set out to survey the health and resiliency of coral reefs surrounding Navassa Island, a small uni...

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