Much closer to Kiritimati at a distance of only about 153 miles is Tabuaeran, also called Fanning Island, with a population of about 1,900. Visited by the American explorer Edmund Fanning in 1798, it was renamed Tabuaeran when it gained independence as part of Kiribati in 1979. Copra is the island’s only export. Residents of overcrowded islands in Kiribati have been resettled on Tabuaeran. Reef fishes and shellfishes, babai, coconut, pigs, chickens, and seaweed (limu) grown in lagoons are local foods, supplementing a main diet of imported rice and tinned meats. The maximum elevation is about 10 feet (three meters) above high tide.