The pacific island nation of Palau has become home to the sixth largest marine sanctuary in the world. the new marine reserve.Now the largest in the pacific, will 26 no fishing or mining.Palau also established the world's first shark sanctuary in 2009.
The tiny island nation has set aside 500,000 square kilometres-80 percent-of its maritime 27 ,for full protection that' s the highest percentage of an 28 economic zone devoted to marine conservation by any country in the world. the remaining 20 percent of the palau seas will be reserved for local fishing by individuals and small-scale 29 fishing businesses with limited exports.
"island 30- have been among the hardest hit by the threats facing the ocean, "said President Tommy Remengesau jr. in a statement. "creating this sanctuary is a bold move that the people of Palau recognise as 31 to our survival. we want to lead the way in restoring the health of the ocean for future generations.
Palau has only been an 32 nation for twenty years and has a strong history of environmen-tal protection.it is home to one of the worlds finest marine ecosystems, with more than 1, 300 species of fish and 700 species of coral.
Senator Hokkons Baules lead 33- of the Palau National marine sanctuary act, said the sanctuary willhelp build a 34 future for the palauan people by honoring the conservation traditions of our past". these include the centuries-old custom of"", where leaders would call a temporary stop to fishing for key species in order to give fish 35 an opportunity to replenish（补充）.