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.