Author: Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor
Palau is the first small island developing state to host a large event like Our Ocean, hosting more than 500 delegates from over 80 countries. As a Pacific island, Palau is on the front line of the potential impacts of deep-sea mining.
Palau’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment, Steven Victor, says “We are one of the few countries in the world that bans deep-sea mining, we ban bottom trawling, we have established the first nationwide national marine sanctuary, we ban purse seine fishing on and free-floating FADs (fish aggregation devices).”
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