Palau wants to ban commercial fishing in its EEZ

Bernadette Carreon – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Koror, Palau (4E) – The tiny Pacific Island of Palau recently announced before the United Nations that it will prohibit all commercial fishing in its entire Exclusive Economic Zone.

Palau’s president Tommy Remengesau promoted a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal about the oceans and spoke of a marine sanctuary, the first in the world.

Remengesau said that drones could be part of the solution to patrol the EEZ for illegal fishers.

Remengesau said once current fishing contracts with Japan, Taiwan and some private companies expire, only fishing by island residents and tourists will be allowed in its 370km exclusive economic zone.

Remengesau said establishing “a 100 percent marine sanctuary” will enable Palau to preserve “a pristine environment” and promote snorkelling, scuba diving and ecotourism as an alternative way to grow its economy.

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