Palau Prohibits Commercial Fishing to Create Marine Sanctuary


Palau’s president Tommy Remengesau Jr., The area of Palau, consisting of 250 Read More The post Palau Prohibits Commercial Fishing to Create Marine Sanctuary appeared first on Ecorazzi. has declared that his tropical island country will prohibit all commercial fishing, and become solely a marine sanctuary. Animals Causes Environment News Top News

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A Breakthrough for Data-Poor Fisheries Starts in Palau

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Watch video above explaining the new technique for assessing fish stocks in Palau — an approach The Nature Conservancy hopes could be applied to data-poor, resource-poor fisheries around the world. (If On a dock in the small fishing village of Ollei, at the northern tip of Palau ’s largest island, Babeldaob, Harper Skang is about to cut open a fish — to save a fishery. Palau’s Fisheries ‘Skidding to the Edge of Collapse’ — Could Others Be As Well?

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The Traveling Naturalist: Swimming with Jellyfish in Palau

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A swarm of golden jellyfish at Jellyfish Lake in Palau’s Rock Islands. Palau is world-renowned for its incredible diving — it’s considered one of the 7 underwater wonders of the world. Jellyfish Lake is one of dozens of marine lakes in Palau. The entry fee to Jellyfish Lake is pretty steep — US $100 for a permit that includes Palau’s famous Rock Islands — as is the short terraced climb to get to the lake.

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Behind the Scenes: Photographing and Filming in Palau

Conservancy Talk

Before I left for Palau , friends and colleagues prepped me by regaling their stories of this magical world. What I quickly realized was that Palau wasn’t just a paradise for tourists on dive vacations, but also a nation of friendly, warm people eager to share their customs and make you feel like one of them. On one such occasion, I was invited to a fundraiser for the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). Ian Shive is an award-winning conservation photographer.

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How to Stop Catching Tomorrow’s Fish: A Tale from Palau

Conservancy Talk

Like so many in my island nation of Palau, eating fish defines me as a Palauan. A tale of two small fishing villages in Palau is giving me hope — a tale based on science and community action. Though the villages are separated by vast fishing grounds, starting in the 1980s fisherman began following the advent of commercial fishing in my nation to see the impact of irresponsible fishing in other fishing grounds throughout Palau. I have eaten fish all my life.

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Japan Seeks To Block Sea Shepherd Protection For Palau Shark Sanctuary


In a bizarre move that reeks of spite from this year’s earlier failed whale hunt, Japanese officials have proposed a counteroffer to a Sea Shepherd plan to help patrol the Palau marine area; designated as the world’s first shark sanctuary. According to the AFP , the Palau government is said to now be reconsidering Sea Shepherd’s offer after a high-level Japanese delegation weighed in on the decision – calling the group “terrorists&#.

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Palau and Greenpeace Bust Shark-Fin Pirates


Palauan fisheries officials have boarded and detained a Taiwanese fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing activities during a joint patrol with Greenpeace of the Pacific Island nation’s exclusive economic zone. The Greenpeace ship Esperanza and the Palauan patrol boat, PSS President H.I. Remeliik, are currently escorting the vessel Sheng Chi Hui to port.

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World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014

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Scaling up Conservation: Replication or Coordination?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Ngemelis Islands Conservation Area in Palau supports many kinds of fish, including this school of common bluestripe snappers. In 2006, when the President of Palau called his peers to join in a commitment to place at least 30% of near-shore marine and 20% of terrestrial resources under “effective conservation” by 2020, a regional effort called the “ Micronesia Challenge ” was born.

If You Want to Go Quickly, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together

Conservancy Talk

Now we are taking that concept to the waters of Palau, and to one of the most valuable fisheries in the world – tuna. For twenty-five years, the Conservancy has worked with the people of Palau and their government to help protect their ocean territory. The Nature Conservancy has purchased a year’s worth of fishing rights (400 vessel days) in Palau’s longline tuna fishery. There is a great African proverb; “If you want to go quickly, go alone.

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Ocean Acidification: The Next Big Threat to Coral Reefs?

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Coral coring is one method of collecting data on ocean acidification in Palau. Setting up an experiment at the Palau International Coral Reef Center. The workshop location, Palau, helped with this one!). We will continue the work with our partners in Palau, US, and Australia, and are working together to fund a comprehensive research plan to address ocean acidification. By Dr. Lizzie Mcleod, Climate Adaptation Scientist for the Nature Conservancy, Asia Pacific Region.

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Can Big Data Save the World’s Fisheries?

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Small, fishing-dependent nations like Palau are the most impacted by IUU. Illegal fishing combined with the negative impacts of unsustainable fishing practices are taking a heavy toll on Palau’s marine resources. Palau takes home chump change at $1 to $1.5 Photo: © Nick Hall. By Lotus Vermeer. Big Data – it’s the latest silver bullet that can spot business trends, prevent disease, combat crime, and even revolutionize the health of fisheries. Or can it?

Two Suitcases, a Fax machine, an Ice Chest and a Mission

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In 1990, Tennessee born-and-raised agricultural scientist, Chuck Cook, and native Palauan office manager, Shanrang Wenty, launched the Conservancy’s conservation operation in Palau. View looking back towards Koror, Palau. The coral reefs of Palau are part of a massive interconnected system that ties together Micronesia and the Western Pacific. © Getting conservation going in Palau in the early 90s was tough. Palau was very different in the 1990s.

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Roadkill on the Ocean Highway: Can Experimental Fishing Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch in the Pacific?

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But these tuna fisheries also generate a lot of roadkill and provide little revenue to the local countries where fish are caught, including the Solomon Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau. Starting with the postage-stamp sized nation of Palau — barely visible on most world maps — we are working with the local government to test new longline tuna fisheries practices, including using different fishing gear, fish bait and fishing methods. Aerial view of Palau.

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We Have All Been Eating Tomorrow’s Fish

Conservancy Talk

I am from Palau, a small island, roughly 160 square kilometers, in the Pacific Ocean. And I realized how similar and interconnected Palau and Hong Kong – and all the world’s islands – actually are. When I looked at the fish market and saw many small fish, it brought to mind my research with Palauan fishermen who have determined that 60 percent of the fish being captured in Palau are immature, meaning they have not had a chance to produce any fish for the future.

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Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012

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Palau. Palau exhibits such enthusiasm for conservation efforts, it was chosen as a pilot for The Nature Conservancy’s Transforming Coral Reef Conservation program. Top 10 Best Eco-Holiday Destinations 2012. It is nice to be with family during the holidays but for some it can be a challenge.

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Big Fish, Not Reef Fish

Conservancy Talk

I catch fish sometimes, but they are mostly reef fish because in Palau you need to travel far to catch tuna. But I see this as a part of solution to saving Palau’s fish, too, letting the fish grow and reproduce to replenish their populations. The Conservancy is working with the Palau government in establishing a national program that supports a network of aFADs that provides fishermen with access to tuna. Even though I live near the ocean, I am not a fishermen.

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The Path to Sustainable Fisheries is Paved with Data

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A Breakthrough for Data-Poor Fisheries Starts in Palau. Kenya, Palau, Peru, US: Road Testing the Solution. Right now, Conservancy and working group scientists are working with practitioners and fisheries agencies on the ground at pilot sites for the lorna drum in Peru, spiny lobsters in Kenya, coral reef finfish in Palau, and rock crab and abalone in California to refine and road test the application. “If it doesn’t get measured, it doesn’t get managed.”.

From Theory to Practice: Managing Coral Reefs for Resilience

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Marine researcher recording data on coral reefs on the east side of Palau. © Ian Shive. By Cara Byington, Science Communications Specialist. Scientists and reef managers agree: the key to successful reef management is resilience. While that has been recognized for more than a decade, the challenge is understanding how to manage for resilience. Until now.

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Photos Worth Sharing: Q&A with Conservation Photographer Ian Shive

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For example, I am currently working on a project with The Nature Conservancy and The Palau International Coral Reef Center on the effects of coral bleaching in Micronesia. Ian Shive is not your typical outdoor photographer. There is a stronger motive behind his work—conservation. Through his camera lens he explores the world’s most endangered ecosystems. He collaborates with biologists, scientists and land managers to document the environmental issues facing our favorite landscapes.

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The Cooler: Tweeting Sharks, Animal Cannibals, Farmbots & More

Nature Conservancy - Science

One Palau reef system seems to thrive in acid conditions. A megapod of spinner dolphins was videotaped for the first time. Image credit: DH Parks under a Creative Commons License. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller and Lisa Feldkamp of the TNC Science Communications team. We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff every week on the Internets — now we’re sharing some of the best with you every week in The Cooler: Wildlife. When sharks use twitter. New Yorker).

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Sea Shepherd Fleet Gets A Makeover For New Campaigns


“With campaigns before us in the Mediterranean, Palau, Galapagos, and across the Indian Ocean, Equatorial Africa, and the South Pacific, the color black is not the most comfortable,&# he later added. For their upcoming campaign to protect endangered bluefin tuna, titled Operation Blue Rage II, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has adopted some new colors – a marked departure from their usual all-black palette.

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Reassembling Hydra, Flying Frogs, and Bird-Friendly Windows

Nature Conservancy - Science

Palau considers a ban on fishing. Hydras regenerate many new bodies from just a few cells — even after being ground to bits. Think Phantasia …or Terminator. Live Green Hydra, photographed by Marc Perkins , shared through a Creative Commons license on Flickr. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Microplastics Project

Nature Conservancy - Science

And they’re showing up in ocean water from Maine to Palau, killing some of the wildlife that mistakenly eat them and leaching toxins into the food web. Plastic and related trash that washed ashore on the turtle nesting beaches of Sangalaki Island, in the Derawan Island chain off East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Mark Godfrey/TNC. What is the ASC Microplastics Project? Have you heard of microplastics? Every time you wash your clothes, you release 2,000 into the water system.

World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary Created By Marshall Islands

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The island nation of Palau established the world’s first shark sanctuary two years ago, with over 240,000 square miles protected. The Bahamas followed the Palau announcement with one of their own, pledging to protect their 243,000 square miles of waters for shark species. Sharks have been present on the planet for more than 400 million years and are represented by hundreds of different species.

International Fisheries Management Commission Agrees to Strategy to Amend Measures to End Pacific Bigeye Tuna Overfishing

Green (Living) Review

The Commission will meet in December in Palau. Members: Australia , China, Canada, Cook Islands, European Union, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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Q&A with Stephanie Wear: A New Tool to Predict Coral Reef Recovery

Nature Conservancy - Science

Vibrant coral reef in Palau. In the foreground is a very good example of coral bleaching. Photo © Ian Shive. By Justine E. Hausheer, science writer for The Nature Conservancy. Since the devastating coral bleaching event in 1998, scientists and managers have been working hard to understand why coral reefs have varying abilities to recover from bleaching.

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NatureNet Fellows 2015: Energy Tech from Clams, Rethinking Island Biogeography & More

Nature Conservancy - Science

2015 NatureNet Fellow Sanaz Vihidinia is developing completely new, highly efficient photovoltaic clean energy technologies and devices based on the light-scattering cells of giant clams, like this one found in the waters near Palau. image courtesy of Sanaz Vihidinia). By Cara Cannon Byington, Science Communications Specialist.

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The Pelican is not a New Zealand Bird

10,000 Birds

Like Snowy Owls or crossbills they are also prone to irruptions, caused by Australia’s extreme climate, that have seen birds wandering as far from Australia as Indonesia, Palau, and Fiji. As 10,000 Birds’ New Zealand beat writer, I sometimes should write about New Zealand birds, but today I thought I’d talk about a bird that people thought was one but almost certainly wasn’t.

Meet the NatureNet Science Fellows: Sanaz Vahidinia

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the nutrient-poor waters of places like Palau, the clams evolved amazing algae farms that convert sunlight into food. Adventures in Alternative Energy: Giant Clam Edition. When most people think about alternative energy sources, Pacific giant clams probably do not spring readily to mind.

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Sustainable Ocean Development is Possible: Q&A with Maria Damanaki

Conservancy Talk

Damanaki: We are working to apply similar approaches for Blue Growth by Design in other areas where we work, like Indonesia, Palau, Peru, Mexico and the U.S., Healthy oceans, development and economic growth can coexist. That’s the idea behind an emerging Nature Conservancy strategy led by Maria Damanaki, TNC’s new Global Managing Director for Oceans.

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By Helping Sharks, We Help Ourselves

Conservancy Talk

The FSM joins Palau, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands under the umbrella of the Micronesia Challenge in conserving their sharks, fish and marine-based resources. I am proud to be a Micronesian and a conservationist, and I am proud to have played a role in saving sharks. The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) recently declared their waters a shark sanctuary and off-limits to shark finning and fishing.

From Paris: Finance Innovations Help Island Nations Adapt to Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

Other island nations such as Palau, the Marshall Islands, Grenada and Jamaica all expressed interest in pursuing similar models to help protect their economies and increase their climate resilience. Mark R. Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek. Small islands have big ideas.” Those were the words of my friend, H.E.

Why Applied Science Can Often Be Truly Brilliant

Nature Conservancy - Science

Jeremy Prince (an academic), Noah Ideching (a Pew Fellow) and Steven Victor (an NGO scientist) are starting in Palau: small, yes, but promising. Heather Tallis, lead scientist, The Nature Conservancy. Image courtesy Heather Tallis/TNC. By Heather Tallis , lead scientist, The Nature Conservancy. I’ve had the chance to interact lately with university students in the natural sciences in Hong Kong, California and Georgia. These students are asking the same questions I did when I was a student.

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Building From a Merger That Didn’t Happen

Conservancy Talk

Image: Aerial view of the Rock Islands and coral seascape at the Republic of Palau. The following post is jointly authored by Mark Tercek, President & CEO of The Nature Conservancy and Brett Jenks, President & CEO of Rare. Last fall, we were pleased to announce that The Nature Conservancy and Rare planned to merge. However, after a thorough analysis by our teams, we announced earlier this year that we have decided not to merge.

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Losing Nemo: Great Barrier Reef At Risk From Coal | Mother Jones

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This includes reefs in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Navassa Island, Florida, Flower Garden Banks, the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, the Pacific Remote Islands, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and Palau. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content. Mother Jones. Politics. Environment. Culture. Photo Essays. Blogs Political MoJo. Kevin Drum. Blue Marble. Tom Philpott. Mixed Media. Subscribe. Support.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

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years ), Singapore (5.1), Czech Republic (5.2), Liberia (5.2), Netherlands (5.3), Russia (5.3), Nicaragua (5.4), Finland (5.5), Oman (5.6), Palau (5.6), Brazil (5.6), Uruguay (5.7), Denmark (5.8). “Australia is committed to a greedy and inhumane course of climate exceptionalism, climate racism and climate injustice.&#. We all know that we have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and eventually reach zero emissions.

Mapping Ocean Wealth – Informing a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Conservancy Talk

A single shark in the waters of Palau has a lifetime tourism value of $1.9 This post first appeared on National Geographic’s Ocean Views blog. I’m a somewhat recalcitrant tweeter. I’m not quite sure whether it’s worth the effort, but last month I joined a trending topic, a first for me. I tweeted: # IAmAScientistBecause I want to explain to people how much we all NEED nature. It was honest, but I wondered if it was a little trite.

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Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

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At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

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