Just last week, Eco Ocean was calling for positive results from the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity happening in Japan right now. More Marine Protected Areas are needed for starters. Palau is all over this. Beautiful, Palau.
According to PR Newswire, Palau has set aside 600,000 acres of ocean and Pew Oceans scientists are applauding this while encouraging other nations to do the same.
"We (Pew) call on other countries large and small to follow Palau's example. When whales, dolphins, sharks and other species are depleted, the entire ocean ecosystem suffers from the resulting gaps in the natural food chain. Sanctuaries such as this can play a significant role in stemming the drastic decline in ocean biodiversity," according to the release.
Sidenote: Palau used to support Japan on whaling but now the island nation supports conserving the leviathans.