The Micronesian country of Palau, which encompasses 250 islands in an area the size of France, just became a marine sanctuary.
At a recent U.N. oceans conference, President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. declared commercial fishing illegal in an attempt to protect the vibrant sea life that makes Palau a magnet for Asian vacationers. “I always say the economy is our environment and the environment is our economy,” he said. (Wise dude.)
To make up for the lost revenue, Palau will tout its appeal for ecotourism, snorkelers, and scuba divers.
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The link below is to an article reporting on a plan by Palau to ban commercial fishing and to create a massive marine sanctuary.
The link below is to an article that reports on climate change and its impact on the island state of Palau.