No Take MPA
In order to preserve and protect the island and tropical marine ecosystem, and oceanic habitats; protect threatened and endangered species and enhance their habitats and survivability; and enhance the health and diversity of fisheries resources through their protection, Buck Island is entirely a No-Take Zone with restricted anchoring.
- The monument contains the wrecks of two eighteenth century slave ships, the Mary and General Abercrombie, other yet unidentified shipwrecks, and terrestrial archeological sites associated with Danish sovereignty in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
- The monument offers outstanding opportunities for education and scientific research due to the diversity, complexity, and relationship of the natural resources and provides a dynamic laboratory for study and learning.
- Several threatened and endangered species forage, breed, nest, rest, or calve in the waters within the monument, including humpback whales, pilot whales, dolphins, brown pelicans, least terns, and the hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead, and green sea turtles. Buck Island is the only completely protected habitat that will support the globally endangered St. Croix ground lizard.