Palau, located in the western Pacific Ocean, is world renowned for its healthy and incredibly diverse marine ecosystem. Home to more than 1,300 species of fish and 700 species of coral, the Micronesian island nation has been called one of the seven underwater wonders of the world. The nutrient-rich waters are teeming with sharks, turtles, manta rays, dugongs and tropical fish. Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy team is working with the President of Palau to create a large, fully protected marine reserve in these waters to safeguard this area for future generations.
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High-flying drone video (no audio) captures four Vietnamese fishing vessels burning off the Pacific island nation of Palau on June 12, 2015. The crews of the boats had been caught engaged in illegal fishing in recent weeks, and the Palau government purposely set fire to the boats as a message to poachers, as seen in this aerial footage created with a GoPro camera. Read More
The ocean covers nearly three-fourths of the globe and is home to nearly half of the world’s known species—with countless yet to be discovered. It helps support more than 250 million people who depend directly or indirectly on fishing for their livelihoods. Still, human activities increasingly threaten its health. Although 72 percent of the world is covered by the ocean, less than 2 percent of... Read More
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Global Ocean Legacy works with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.