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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Caring for the environment has long been an important part of Palau’s culture. For centuries, traditional leaderson these Pacific Ocean islands have acted to protect local waters through enactment of a “bul”—a moratorium oncatching key species or fishing on certain reefs to protect habitats that are critical to the community’s food security. Read More
Establishment of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary would create a modern-day bul to safeguard this ocean life for future generations. Encompassing some 500,000 square kilometers (193,000 square miles), the sanctuary would constitute one of the largest fully protected areas of ocean in the world. 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.