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1 Jan 2020 - National marine reserve was announced in 2015, with 80% of its waters being closed to commercial fishing from 2020.

  • Palau will ban fishing on 80% of its marine territory to allow coral reefs to recover and protect coastal areas against the impact of climate change.
  • Fish stocks have already doubled in Palau's protected areas.
  • Almost 90% of the world’s marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited or depleted.

People on the Pacific archipelago of Palau firmly believe in the old saying, "We do not inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children."

For centuries, they have been managing their delicate marine ecosystem sustainably through the practice of "bul." This involves making certain parts of the reef off-limits to fishing during spawning and feeding to allow its 1,300 species of fish to thrive.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/12/palau-pacific-marine-protected-area-fishing-environment/

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Publication date: 
01/01/2020
Publication Organisation: 
World Economic Forum (WEF)
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Palau
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