Palau National Marine Sanctuary

Euotelel a Klingil a Debel Belau (Palau National Marine Sanctuary)

On January 1, 2020, the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) went into effect, closing 80% of Palau’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to all forms of extractive activities including all types of fishing. Referred to in Palauan as Euotelel a Klingil a Debel Belau, the PNMS is among the world’s biggest marine protected areas.  The remaining 20% of Palau’s EEZ is designated as a Domestic Fishing Zone (DFZ) that will support food security and bringing more economic benefits to the people of Palau.

PNMS Map – Simplified

PNMS Map – Domestic Fisheries

PNMS Map – Official Map from Palau Automated Land and Resource Information System (PALARIS)

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), with the passage of Republic of Palau Public Law (RPPL) 10-35, was mandated with the administration of PNMS and coordination of research, outreach and education activities. PICRC is committed to working towards the successful administration of the PNMS, for the benefit of current and future generations of Palau.

To read more about the “Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) Act Overview,” click HERE.

“Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary: Managing Ocean Change and Supporting Food Security; Report of an Expert Working Group Convened by PICRC and COS”

The Palau International Coral Reef Center, in January 2019, began a working partnership with the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions to provide essential data and information on the current state of affairs for the PNMS, and the latest relevant research in the fields of fisheries, socio-economics, and ecology. A report, entitled “Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary: Managing Ocean Change and Supporting Food Security; Report of an Expert Working Group Convened by PICRC and COS,” was published in December 2019. It is accessible below, along with an executive summary, appendices, and the PNMS Science Plan.

Interested individuals may also read about the report and the working group on the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions website here.

Updates on the PNMS

Since January 1, 2020, work on the Palau National Marine Sanctuary for its successful implementation continues. See news articles and press releases below which document the progress.

January 1, 2020:  PNMS Act enters into full force with the start of a new decade

February 7, 2020: Building capacity for Offshore Fisheries to address food security issues

February 21, 2020: Socio-economic research begins for PNMS

March 10, 2020: PICRC researcher co-authors fishery publication

April 16, 2020: PICRC research helps provide recommendations for Fish Aggregating Device site selection while improving our understanding of yellowfin tuna biology