“Palau is gearing up for the implementation of its long-heralded marine reserve, which comes into effect next month.
“Legislation for the sanctuary was passed four years ago to come into effect in 2020.
“The Palau National Marine Sanctuary will cover an area of about 500,000 square kilometres - the nation's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
“The sanctuary places a ban on any extractive activities, including fishing, mining, trans-shipment and shark finning, among others.”
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