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In order to enforce the newly-proposed ban on commercial fisheries, President Remengesau has started looking into using drone technology to protect Palau’s seas and marine sanctuaries.
Read more about the story here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-25/an-palau-may-use-drones-to-monitor-fishing-ban/4592626?section=australianetworknews
Palau’s President Remengesau announced a plan to establish one of the world’s largest marine protected areas by banning commercial fishing over an area roughly the size of France.
Read more about the story here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-16/palau-president-proposes-commercial-fishing-ban/4576974
The 16th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was a historic event for marine species. The proposals to protect three kinds of sharks and two kinds of manta rays were upheld in the final debate on March 14th. This means that trade regulations will help these endangered species to recover. Read more from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21781949
Public Radio International’s The World presents a piece on tuna fishing in the Southern Pacific. Palau is featured as leading the multilateral effort to protect one of the last healthy populations of bluefin tuna on the planet. Check out the podcast here: http://www.theworld.org/2013/01/tunas-last-stand/