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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Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. recently received the 2014 Leadership Award from the Ocean Elders, a group of distinguished global leaders who support ocean protection. The award recognizes Remengesau for his efforts to create a fully protected marine sanctuary in much of the Pacific island nation’s ocean waters. Read More
President Tommy Remengesau Jr. of Palau announced Feb. 4 at the United Nations that he plans to ban all commercial fishing from his Pacific island country's exclusive economic zone. This step would transform the 200 nautical miles surrounding Palau into a fully protected marine reserve. Remengesau spoke at the U.N. meeting on “Healthy Oceans and Seas.” Read More