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This Pacific island has banned fishing to allow the marine ecosystem to recover


Palau is creating a new protected marine reserve to allow coral reefs to recover and protect coastal areas against climate change.
Palau's practice of "bul" bans fishing in protected areas, allowing the marine ecosystem to bounce.
  • Palau will ban fishing on 80% of its marine territory to allow coral reefs to recover and protect coastal areas against the impact of climate change.
  • Fish stocks have already doubled in Palau's protected areas.
  • Almost 90% of the world’s marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited or depleted.
People on the Pacific archipelago of Palau firmly believe in the old saying, "We do not inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children."
For centuries, they have been managing their delicate marine ecosystem sustainably through the practice of "bul." This involves making certain parts of the reef off-limits to fishing during spawning and feeding to allow its 1,300 species of fish to thrive.

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