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.
The president of Palau requested technical support from Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project to help create the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, which at 193,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometers), is one of the largest fully protected areas in the world. With creation of the sanctuary, Palau has set aside a higher percentage of its marine zone for full protection than any other country in the world.
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On May 26, authorities in Palau set fire to a Vietnamese vessel engaged in illegal fishing near Tobi Island, in the southwest of the Pacific nation’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). A number of similar vessels carrying sea cucumbers, shellfish, turtles, and protected fish have been seized by Palau’s Division of Marine Law Enforcement in recent years. This latest enforcement action... Read More
Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. has released a five-year monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) plan to fight illegal activities and manage emergency responses in the Pacific island country’s rich waters, most of which are included in a new national marine sanctuary. Read More
A map featuring the world's largest highly protected marine reserves. 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.