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Palau | Huge new no-take MPA goes into force; some 80% of country's EEZ included

A huge marine protected area surrounding much of the Pacific Island nation of Palau went into effect Jan. 1, 2020, after years of planning by local officials and advocates. Within the sanctuary, which covers 80 percent of Palau’s national waters, all extractive activities such as fishing and mining are now prohibited.

Locally managed fisheries are still permitted to operate within the remaining 20 percent of Palau’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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