Posted by: leothegeo | 2014/02/11

Island Nation Of Palau To Ban Commercial Fishing

The island nation’s President, Tommy Remengesau Jr. declared at a UN oceans conference, that Palau’s 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone will become a “100% marine sanctuary”.

Here follows the reason to why he did take that decision:

“We have no choice – the ocean is our way of life,” president Remengesau said. “It’s our livelihood, it’s our culture, it’s our economy – I always say the economy is our environment and the environment is our economy. You may ask why, why are you doing this? It makes every sense for our sustainability as a people, as an island nation, and as a community. I can tell you that in just my generation I’ve seen stocks of fish dwindle down, I’ve seen the sizes of fish taken become more smaller. This is something that is far more than the economical loss of revenues for companies or other countries – you’re talking about a livelihood that’s really going to be decimated if we don’t take the responsible action.”

Source: Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr declares marine sanctuary, bans all commercial fishing (ABC Australia)

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