Fisherman Island (Virginia)

Fisherman Island is the southernmost island on the Delmarva Peninsula chain of barrier islands. Located at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay, the island is subject to great changes in its landscape from waves and runoff. It first formed about 200 to 250 years ago.

Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Fisherman Island (Virginia) (the United States)
LocationNorthampton County, Virginia, United States
Nearest cityCheriton, Virginia /
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Coordinates37.09597°N 75.95798°W / 37.09597; -75.95798[1]
Area1,850 acres (7.5 km2)
Established1973
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteFisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge

Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge is located within the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, and is cut in half by the presence of U.S. Highway 13 and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The refuge is closed to the public.

The island is the habitat to migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and nesting waterbirds. In September 2003, the island was almost entirely flooded by Hurricane Isabel.

References

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