IF YOU BELIEVE SIZE MATTERS: PALAU, A SMALL ISLAND IN PACIFIC IS ESTABLISHING A NON-FISHING ZONE THE SIZE OF FRANCE
In 2009, the island of Palau, located in the western Pacific Ocean just above New Guinea, established the first shark sanctuary in the world. Officials from the country say they’ve seen such success with the shark sanctuary as a buzzing tourist destination that they’ve launched plans to ban all commercial fishing in Palau’s large ocean territory by 2018.
The free fishing zone will span 630,000 square kilometres (240,000 square miles) - an area the size of France - and has been described as “unprecedented”.
The reason behind the no-fishing zone, according to the President of Palau Tommy Remengesau, was to allow the ocean to heal and replenish its populations of fish after decades of overfishing by commerical enterprises from around the world.
“Remengesau said Pacific island nations, which are also struggling to deal with climate change, were effectively “the conscience of the world" on environmental matters and had to lead by example because of their special connection with the ocean,” says Neil Sands for AFP.
“The ocean is our way of life,” Remengesau told journalists. “It sustains and nurtures us, provides us with the basics of our Pacific island cultures, our very identities.”
Remengesau added that sharks offered more value to Palau as eco-tourism assets, saying that a 2011 study conducted by the Australian Institute of Marine Science concluded that a single reef shark could raise almost US$2 million for the local economy over 10 years thanks to the tourists that visit it. Figures put the tourism industry as being almost 30 times more lucrative to Palau than the commercial tuna industry. No attacks have ever occurred as the operators are careful to make sure everyone keeps a safe distance from the sharks.
“We feel that a live shark is worth a thousand times more than a dead one," Remengesau said.
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SYLVIA EARLE: MY WISH: PROTECT OUR OCEAN
Mrs Sylvia Earle (78) (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans 2009) living legend is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration. Has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time she has seen a sharp decline in the number of ocean life and biodiversity - and a sharp increase in the number of oceanic dead zones and oil drilling sites.
Netflix has an original doc Mission Blue on the life and work of Earle. you should see it.
Between 1950 and 2014, has died the half of coral reefs of the oceans (by multiple reasons)
Between 1950 and 2014, Pacific bluefin tuna, sharks and North Atlantic cod were caught to near extinction. Between 5% and 10% remain
Dead zones are hypoxic (low-oxygen) areas in the world’s oceans and large lakes, caused by “excessive nutrient pollution” from human activities coupled with other factors that deplete the oxygen required to support most marine life in bottom and near-bottom water. In 1975, there was ONE documented dead zone. In 2014, there are over 500.
Oil drilling in the Gulf Coast does not start and end with the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010 But the practice started more early than you think. In 1947, there was only one oil drilling site. In 2014, there are more than 30,000.
- Photo by Mission Blue / Sylvia Earle
- via Vista al Mar
I knew I matured when I realized every situation doesn’t need a reaction. Sometimes you just have to leave people to continue to do the lame shit that they do.
So Canada is basically tossing their protection of Humpback Whales in the garbage in order to enable them to put an oil pipeline right through critical habitat territory.
Just in case, y’know, anyone wants to stop talking about moose and maple syrup for a second.
Here, have a petition.
I watched The Cove last night for the first time in a few years, and as usual, this statement jumped out at me. We all know our world is full of tragedies and injustices. We may disagree on how to prioritize them, but we know they’re there. So the question is, do you want to stand up, get involved, use your voice, and be part of the solution? Or do you want to close your eyes, plug your ears, and sit idly by?
There is no in-between.