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The Palau National Marine Sanctuary
by Palau (The Palau National Marine Sanctuary Office) (Government)
In response to global recognition of imminent danger to our oceans and our planet, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. signed into law the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act (PNMS). This new law is one of the World’s most ambitious ocean conservation initiatives to date aimed at not only protecting Palau’s marine resources, but also at protecting the world’s tuna stocks. This law will, after a four year transition, 1) create a no-take Marine Sanctuary (approx. 500,000 square kilometers) covering 80% of Palau’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in which no fishing or any extraction of natural resources will occur and 2) create a Domestic Fishing Zone covering approximately 20% of Palau’s EEZ in which traditional and domestic fishing activities will be allowed to provide fish solely for Palau’s food security and the domestic market.
Progress reports
January 2018
Enhance Palau's Surveillance and Enforcement capacity through the acquisition of additional patrol vessels, manpower, technology and fuel funding
January 2020
Establish the Palau National Marine Sanctuary
January 2020
End all commercial fish exports from Palau
January 2020
Establish a truly domestic fishing industry that is sustainable and highly regulated in the 20% domestic fishing zone to address food security for Palauans and visitors to Palau.
Other, please specify
One 40m class patrol vessel, one 15m class patrol vessel, training and detention facility, new wharf, 15 new patrol officers to man vessels, funding for fuel or 10 years, and technical and law enforcement training, all donated by the Nippon Foundation and
Basic information
Time-frame: 2015, October - Ongoing
Ocean Basins
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Keobel Sakuma, Executive Director, keobel@palaumarine.org, +680-775-1276
Koror, Palau
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