Palau approves new massive marine reserve

Palau Rock Islands

by Alan Yeung 2015-10-27

On Thursday Palau’s Congress approved the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act, making good on a pledge made by President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. in 2014, for Palau to protect 193,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometers), or 80 percent of the Pacific island nation’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), or the territorial waters that it controls.

The new sanctuary will exclude all extractive activities, such as mining, and industrial-scale fishing and exports of catches.

President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. indicated he would sign the measure into law as soon as posssible, thus establishing Palau as one of the world’s leading nations in marine conservation.  Palau now leads the world in terms of setting aside the highest percentage of its EEZ for full marine protection.

According to NGS  Palau is host to more than 1,300 species of fish and 700 species of coral.

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Tuna farming 金枪鱼养殖

tuna farmsby Alan Yeung  2015-05-27

Today, I came across a book I read last summer, written by Paul Greenberg, called Four Fish.  It talks about the dwindling supplies of ocean fish in the wild, and the current state of aquaculture. Out of curiosity, I decided to take another look at the current tuna farming activities.

It appears researchers at Kinki University in Japan have made some recent progress in a closed-loop cycle, where juveniles of bluefin tuna are spawn in captivity and can be successfully raised to maturity. But this is a project in its infancy. To date, Kinki does not need to take fish from the sea.

Yonathan Zohar and his team of scientists at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology are making their first attempt in North America.

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Indonesia blows up illegal fishing 印尼炸沉非法捕捞渔船

Indonesian blows up illegal fishing boats  印尼再显威风 炸沉外国非法捕捞渔船

2432CAD400000578-0-image-a-52_1419173994730by Alan Yeung  2015-05-21

According to media reports, Indonesian Navy blew up 41 illegal fishing vessels at six locations after obtaining a court order. These fishing boats, detained by Indonesian government due to illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, are from China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Philippines.

媒体报道 印尼当局将41艘被法庭裁定涉及非法捕捞行为的渔船, 在全国六处地点分批炸沉。这些渔船分别来自中国、越南、马来西亚、泰国和菲律宾。

Besides teaching the illegal fishermen a lesson, Jakarta wishes to improve the welfare of Indonesia’s fishing industry and uphold her sovereignty. 雅加达不但希望通过炸沉渔船来给其他外国渔船“好好的上一课”,而且希望能间接改善印尼渔民福利,并维护印尼主权。

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Live fish trade in The Coral Triangle 珊瑚三角区活鱼贸易

Coral Triangle

by TNP Editor  2015-05-17

According to WWF, “The Coral Triangle is known as the nursery of the seas. Home to 75% of all coral species on the planet and more than 3000 species of fish, the Coral Triangle is a rich, yet fragile ecosystem that supports 120 million people in six countries.” How should we sustainably develop and conserve these resources? These are the challenges we face today.

「珊瑚三角区」是海洋的养鱼场。它拥有全球75%的珊瑚和3000鱼类的品种,珊瑚三角区的生态系统是非常丰富和脆弱的,亦是当地1.2亿居民赖以维生的资源。如何以可持续的发展方式来开发和保存这些海洋资源? 这都是大家面对的挑战。

The Coral Triangle is under threat. One of the major threats is coming from the live reef fish trade, where the use of cyanide to catch reef fish is prevalent.


Watch: Coral Triangle – the live fish trade by WWF 世界自然基金会短片 (2008)

Cyanide fishing targets and stuns the larger market-size reef fish. These fish are sedated by small quantities of cyanide poison. They are then moved to holding pens where they recover and await shipment. And they head to Mainland China and Hong Kong, and some to Malaysia and Singapore.


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