Buck Island Reef National Monument
Located in the United States Virgin Islands
Buck Island Reef National Monument, or just Buck Island is a small, uninhabited, 176 acre island about 1.5 miles north of the northeast coast of Saint Croix, United States Virgin Islands. It was first established as a protected area by the U.S. Government in 1948, with the intention of preserving "one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea." The U.S. National Monument was created in 1961 by John F. Kennedy and greatly expanded in 2001 by Bill Clinton, over the bitter opposition of local fishermen. Buck Island National Monument is one of few places in the Virgin Islands where endangered brown pelicans and threatened lest terns nest.
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