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is a submerged atoll
An atoll is a coral island that encircles a lagoon partially or completely.- Usage :The word atoll comes from the Dhivehi word atholhu OED...
located in the Exclusive Economic Zone
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Niue , is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean. It is commonly known as the "Rock of Polynesia", and inhabitants of the island call it "the Rock" for short. Niue is northeast of New Zealand in a triangle between Tonga to the southwest, the Samoas to the northwest, and the Cook Islands to...
. A small part of the reef
In nautical terminology, a reef is a rock, sandbar, or other feature lying beneath the surface of the water ....
is only visible at low tide; most of it is under shallow water. It has been the cause of several fishing boats running aground. During the past twenty years, the Government of Niue has sent several fishing boats to Beveridge with local fishermen on board. The most recent of such trips was on the Tahiti
Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of the Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is the economic, cultural and political centre of French Polynesia. The island was formed from volcanic activity and is high and mountainous...
an cargo vessel that came to Niue as part of the Tahiti recovery assistance following Cyclone Heta. Commercial fishing boats licensed to fish in Niue waters now frequent Beveridge; however, in 2006 another fishing vessel ran aground, despite the licensing provision that fishing vessels are supposed to stay at least one mile away from the reef.
The Nicky Lou
of Seattle is a fiberglass hulled fishing vessel that ran aground on the reef. It is mostly intact and above water.
Elsdon Best was an ethnographer who made important contributions to the study of the Māori of New Zealand.-Early life and career:...
reported that "according to native tradition at Rarotonga, the Beveridge Reef was once a fine isle, with many coconut-palms growing thereon, but that it was swept bare by a fierce hurricane, which carried away both trees and soil, leaving nothing but the bare rock."